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Silicate volcanoes on lunar far side

The Compton-Belkovich region, showing its silicate volcanoes

NASA scientists have found several silicate volcanoes on the moon’s far side. But the accounts of this find raise more questions.

Moon water in bulk

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Moon water is not just on the surface of the moon. It lies beneath, and in proportions close to those in Earth’s mantle.

Moon water discovered

Scientists at Brown University announced their find two days ago. They looked at rocks and soil that the Apollo teams had brought back. Specifically they looked at “melt inclusions,” balls of melted rock trapped within crystals of obsidian. (Obsidian is glass that forms anywhere that rock melts. This can happen at an active volcano or anywhere that molten rock flows freely.) The Brown team found 100 times as much water in these melt inclusions than anyone expected.