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Dark plains, Mercuryi
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Dark plainsPlains
MercuryPlanet

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West to the Caloris Basin. Likely containing oligoclase basalts. They may be volcanic plains younger than the interior of the Basin. Similar areas are located south to the Basin. The plains may resemble the Moon's maria and may have formed by quickly flowing material coming from craters (basins).

The characteristic feature is a relatively high abundance of olivine (higher than in the interior of the Caloris Basin). Both olivine and orthopyroxene are supposed to be rich in Mg. Small blebs of iron may occur within olivine.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

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3 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

'Albite-Anorthite Series'
Reference: Sprague, A.L., Donaldson Hanna, K.L., Kozlowski, R.W.H., Helbert, J., Maturilli, A., Warell, J.B., Hora, J.L. (2009): Spectral emissivity measurements of Mercury’s surface indicate Mg- and Ca-rich mineralogy, K-spar, Na-rich plagioclase, rutile, with possible perovskite, and garnet. Planetary and Space Science: 57: 364-383
'Clinopyroxene Subgroup'
Reference: Sprague, A.L., Donaldson Hanna, K.L., Kozlowski, R.W.H., Helbert, J., Maturilli, A., Warell, J.B., Hora, J.L. (2009): Spectral emissivity measurements of Mercury’s surface indicate Mg- and Ca-rich mineralogy, K-spar, Na-rich plagioclase, rutile, with possible perovskite, and garnet. Planetary and Space Science: 57: 364-383
Iron ?
Formula: Fe
Reference: Sprague, A.L., Donaldson Hanna, K.L., Kozlowski, R.W.H., Helbert, J., Maturilli, A., Warell, J.B., Hora, J.L. (2009): Spectral emissivity measurements of Mercury’s surface indicate Mg- and Ca-rich mineralogy, K-spar, Na-rich plagioclase, rutile, with possible perovskite, and garnet. Planetary and Space Science: 57: 364-383
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'
Reference: Sprague, A.L., Donaldson Hanna, K.L., Kozlowski, R.W.H., Helbert, J., Maturilli, A., Warell, J.B., Hora, J.L. (2009): Spectral emissivity measurements of Mercury’s surface indicate Mg- and Ca-rich mineralogy, K-spar, Na-rich plagioclase, rutile, with possible perovskite, and garnet. Planetary and Space Science: 57: 364-383
Pyrope ?
Formula: Mg3Al2(SiO4)3
Reference: Sprague, A.L., Donaldson Hanna, K.L., Kozlowski, R.W.H., Helbert, J., Maturilli, A., Warell, J.B., Hora, J.L. (2009): Spectral emissivity measurements of Mercury’s surface indicate Mg- and Ca-rich mineralogy, K-spar, Na-rich plagioclase, rutile, with possible perovskite, and garnet. Planetary and Space Science: 57: 364-383
Rutile
Formula: TiO2
Reference: Sprague, A.L., Donaldson Hanna, K.L., Kozlowski, R.W.H., Helbert, J., Maturilli, A., Warell, J.B., Hora, J.L. (2009): Spectral emissivity measurements of Mercury’s surface indicate Mg- and Ca-rich mineralogy, K-spar, Na-rich plagioclase, rutile, with possible perovskite, and garnet. Planetary and Space Science: 57: 364-383

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Iron ?1.AE.05Fe
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Rutile4.DB.05TiO2
Group 9 - Silicates
Pyrope ?9.AD.25Mg3Al2(SiO4)3
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Clinopyroxene Subgroup'-
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
AX2
Rutile4.4.1.1TiO2
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in [6] and >[6] coordination
Pyrope ?51.4.3a.1Mg3Al2(SiO4)3
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Clinopyroxene Subgroup'-
Iron ?-Fe
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

OOxygen
O RutileTiO2
O PyropeMg3Al2(SiO4)3
MgMagnesium
Mg PyropeMg3Al2(SiO4)3
AlAluminium
Al PyropeMg3Al2(SiO4)3
SiSilicon
Si PyropeMg3Al2(SiO4)3
TiTitanium
Ti RutileTiO2
FeIron
Fe IronFe

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Sprague, A.L., Donaldson Hanna, K.L., Kozlowski, R.W.H., Helbert, J., Maturilli, A., Warell, J.B., Hora, J.L. (2009) Spectral emissivity measurements of Mercury’s surface indicate Mg- and Ca-rich mineralogy, K-spar, Na-rich plagioclase, rutile, with possible perovskite, and garnet. Planetary and Space Science, 57, 364-383.

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