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EMU Notes in Mineralogy - volume 15

Planetary Mineralogy
(M.R. Lee and H. Leroux, editors)  

Chapter 6. Noble gas chemistry of planetary materials
Julia A. Cartwright

Holding up the right hand side of the periodic table, the noble gases reside in a seemingly inert paradise of full-electron-shell-utopia. Not to be fooled by their outwardly disinterested, yet colourful misdemeanour, they provide a wealth of information about the Solar System and its evolution. In this chapter, the noble gases are introduced and their uses in the planetary sciences summarized.

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