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Lunar silica

  1. Sep 16, 2010 #1

    cph

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    Perhaps the recent silica found on the Moon highlands resulted from the extreme conditions of temperature and pressure of planetesimal collision with proto-earth. Can covalent bonds be broken at high temperatures, allowing oxygen incorporation in an anaerobic environment? What is the highest experimental temperature for silica formation in an anaerobic environment?

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-09/uoc--srn091510.php
     
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  3. Sep 17, 2010 #2

    Borek

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    No idea what you are asking about. Can the bonds be broken - sure, it is all matter of how high the temperature is. But I have no idea how do you expect it to be related to silica creation. If there is a mixture containing silicon and oxygen, SiO2 is usually one of the most thermodynamically stable substances between likely products.
     
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