In this thesis, I will explore the processes and mechanisms that took place to form, crystallize, and solidify the lunar magma ocean (LMO). It is generally accepted that the lunar crust and at least the uppermost (500 km) mantle was formed by crystallization of a magma ocean. The conditions under which the magma ocean cooled and crystallized, however, are still under debate. These conditions, among others, are the bulk composition, lunar magma ocean (LMO) crystallization (fractional vs. equilibrium), depth of the LMO, and time for LMO solidification (effects of tidal heating mechanisms, insulating crustal lid, etc.). Lunar magma ocean theory has undergone extensive analysis and discussion throughout the past 40 years, ranging from observations by numerical modeling, lunar petrology and geochronology, to laboratory experiments. This study is a reexamination of the LMO crystallization model proposed by Snyder et al. (1992) and the incorporation of recent studies using numerical modeling of the LMO, geochronology of the anorthosite highlands, and experimentally derived LMO crystallization scenarios. We combine all of these factors into a new hybrid model.
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