Title

H/L chondrite LaPaz Icefield 031047-A feather of Icarus?

Authors

Authors

A. Wittmann; J. M. Friedrich; J. Troiano; R. J. Macke; D. T. Britt; T. D. Swindle; J. R. Weirich; D. Rumble; J. Lasue;D. A. Kring

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta

Keywords

OXYGEN-ISOTOPE RATIOS; RAY EXPOSURE AGES; THERMAL METAMORPHISM; SHOCK; METAMORPHISM; PETROGRAPHIC TYPE; METAL PARTICLES; TRACE-ELEMENTS; 3200; PHAETHON; PARENT-BODY; IMPACT; Geochemistry & Geophysics

Abstract

Antarctic meteorite LAP 031047 is an ordinary chondrite composed of loosely consolidated chondritic fragments. Its petrography, oxygen isotopic composition and geochemical inventory are ambiguous and indicate an intermediate character between H and L chondrites. Petrographic indicators suggest LAP 031047 suffered a shock metamorphic overprint below similar to 10 GPa, which did not destroy its unusually high porosity of similar to 27 vol%. Metallographic textures in LAP 031047 indicate heating above similar to 700 degrees C and subsequent cooling, which caused massive transformation of taenite to kamacite. The depletion of thermally labile trace elements, the crystallization of chondritic glass to microcrystalline plagioclase of unusual composition, and the occurrence of coarsely crystallized chondrule fragments is further evidence for post-metamorphic heating to similar to 700-750 degrees C. However, this heating event had a transient character because olivine and low-Ca pyroxene did not equilibrate. Nearly complete degassing up to very high temperatures is indicated by the thorough resetting of LAP 031047's Ar-Ar reservoir similar to 100 +/- 55 Ma ago. A noble gas cosmic-ray exposure age indicates it was reduced to a meter-size fragment at <0.5 Ma. In light of the fact that shock heating cannot account for the thermal history of LAP 031047 in its entirety, we test the hypothesis that this meteorite belonged to the near-surface of an Aten or Apollo asteroid that underwent heating during orbital passages close to the Sun. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Journal Title

Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta

Volume

75

Issue/Number

20

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

6140

Last Page

6159

WOS Identifier

WOS:000295641600020

ISSN

0016-7037

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