[meteorite-list] Researcher Says Tons of the Moon on the Earth; Tektite Events May Have Triggered Extinctions

From: Darryl S. Futrell <futrelds_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:44:43 2004
Message-ID: <008c01c0b5ff$3353ed00$8142243f_at_pavilion>

-----Original Message-----
From: Roman Jirasek <rom_at_look.ca>
To: meteor <meteorite-list_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2001 4:46 PM
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Researcher Says Tons of the Moon on the Earth;
Tektite Events May Have Triggered Extinctions

The welded microtektites that make up all layered tektites (or, Muong
Nong-type tektites) are generally of a brownish-yellowish-greenish color.
However, layered tektites can have no bearing on the overall reflectivity of
the moon because the sheets that they originate from can only form within a
dozen meters or so of a volcanic vent or conduit. Any small glass
pyroclastics ejected further will have cooled to a point where they are
incapable of welding, and fall as loose microtektites. I consider the
Apollo 15 small green volcanic glasses, and the Apollo 17 small orange
volcanic glasses (both types have been shown to be pyroclastic glasses), to
fall into the microtektite catagory. There are other colors of lunar
pyroclastics brought back by Apollo (including a reddish color), plus the
colors of the lunar basalts. So, you can't pin any one color on lunar
volcanic material, Microtektites found on earth also have quite a range of
colors. The surface of the moon is over 50% glass. A mostly pulverized
mixture of impact and volcanic glasses. This surface reflects sunlight.
So, I don't think one can look at the brightness of the moon and conclude
much about the colors of the surface.

Darryl Futrell

>Hi Darryl and List
>My question is probably explainable.
>Muong Nong tektites are made of green glass, right?
>Our moon has a higher reflectivity than these tektites, no?
>Is the lava from within the moon green? If so why?
>Roman Jirasek
>----- Original Message -----
>From: Darryl S. Futrell <futrelds_at_gte.net>
>To: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>; Meteorite Mailing List
>Sent: Friday, March 23, 2001 3:17 PM
>Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Researcher Says Tons of the Moon on the
>Tektite Events May Have Triggered Extinctions
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>
>> To: Meteorite Mailing List <meteorite-list_at_meteoritecentral.com>
>> Date: Friday, March 23, 2001 11:14 AM
>> Subject: [meteorite-list] Researcher Says Tons of the Moon on the Earth;
>> Tektite Events May Have Triggered Extinctions
>> There is one important correction I'd like to make about that ENN
>> I don't recall ever publishing any statement about that Apollo 12 rock
>> (however, O'Keefe and Chapman did have a lot to say about it). And, I
>> never mentioned that Apollo 14 rock (a glass bead), originally written up
>> Bill Glass and J. A. O'Keefe, in any of my publications or statements.
>> is because the original analysis of the bead turned out to be defective.
>> Bill Glass later published a retraction. My interest in the Apollo rocks
>> mainly in the small high-silica glass beads and chips found in the soils.
>> Bill Glass is the only researcher I know of who ever looked for any. He
>> concluded that a number of them were probably volcanic.
>> Darryl Futrell
>> >
>> >http://enn.com/direct/display-release.asp?id=3798
>> >
>> >Vector Science News Release
>> >Thursday, March 22, 2001
>> >
>> >Researcher Says Tons of the Moon on the Earth; Tektite Events May Have
>> >Triggered Extinctions
>> >
>> >The Moon is not the geologically dead world that most astronomy
>> >claim, says Darryl S. Futrell, a California-based petrologist. Futrell
>> >believes there's strong evidence of massive, lunar-volcanic explosions
>> right
>> >here on Earth. The most recent eruption on the Moon, which showered a
>> >portion of the Earth with many tons of natural glass, occurred within
>> >past 770,000 years, he notes.
>> >
>> >Futrell, who has written about his studies of meteoritic stones called
>> >tektites in the journal Nature, says he has amassed evidence that
>> >suggests these natural glass stones are volcanic material blown off the
>> Moon
>> >by eruptions. Futrell studied the long-debated tektite origin puzzle
>> >the guidance of the famous Project Apollo lunar scientist John A.
>> >(1916-2000) beginning in the late 1960s; like his famous mentor, Futrell
>> >convinced that the Moon periodically hurls volcanic debris into Earth's
>> >gravity well causing climate change and extinctions.
>> >
>> >"The Earth has experienced about 12 tektite events in the last 65
>> >years," Futrell says. "Even though another event may not occur for
>> thousands
>> >of years, the slight possibility that it could occur tomorrow needs to
>> >taken into consideration."
>> >
>> >Futrell refutes the popular theory that tektites were formed when
>> >or comets impacted Earth and melted sediments and rocks. He has
>> >volcanic structures within chunky, layered tektites (called Muong Nong
>> >tektites), which cannot be explained in the context of terrestrial
>> >impact-melt origin. According to Futrell, based on other physical
>> >including the fact that Apollo 12 and 14 astronauts found rocks with
>> >tektite-like chemistries on the lunar surface, it's now easy to conclude
>> >tektites come from the Moon.
>> >
>> >"There is an another extremely important reason why the scientific
>> community
>> >should take a closer look at the origin of tektites," he says. "If the
>> >massive biological extinctions do have a tektite association, and
>> >are formed within the Moon, then we should be watching our natural
>> satellite
>> >for signs of explosive volcanic activity."
>> >
>> >For more information: Darryl S. Futrell, 6222 Haviland, Whittier, CA
>> >90601-3735 USA
>> >
>> >For more information, contact:
>> >Louis Varricchio
>> >Science Correspondent
>> >Vector Science News Release
>> >802-388-3268
>> >morbius_at_together.net
>> >
>> >
>> >
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