From this evidence and from looking at the highlands' topography and density, scientists concluded that the early Moon must have been nearly totally molten, covered by an ocean of magma in which low-density minerals floated to the top (forming an anorthositic
crust) while denser, iron-rich minerals such as olivine sank to the bottom, ultimately becoming the mantle.
Alipour, "Synchronous activity of anorthositic
and S-type granitic magmas in Chah-Dozdan batholith, Neyriz, Iran: evidence of Zircon SHRIMP and Monazite CHIME dating," Journal of Sciences, Islamic Republic of Iran, vol.
The view of the lunar landscape is described as "the world of rocks" The only two categories of the compositions of the crust found on the lunar surface are the highlands: Lighter and Anorthositic
Surface, and the lunar maria: Darker and Basaltic Planes.
(2011): Geochemistry of anorthositic
differentiated sills in the Archean (~2970Ma) FiskenAsset Complex, SW Greenland: Implications for parental magma compositions, geodynamic setting, and secular heat flow in arcs.
Lunar geology can be roughly broken down into two categories-the anorthositic
highlands, rich in calcium and aluminum, and the basaltic "maria," giant impact basins filled with solidified lava flows that are abundant in iron and magnesium.
The drilling has intersected packages of both cumulate and intrusive style magnetite-ilmenite mineralisation intercalated with gabbroic and anorthositic
Emplacement sequence of anorthositic
rocks in the southeastern portion of the Nain Complex.
H.: 1977, Regional geobarometry in the contact aureoles of the anorthositic
Nain Complex, Labrador, Jour.
The complex contains many individual mafic layered intrusions of tholeiitic affinity and structurally complex coeval anorthositic
and felsic instrusions.