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LEW88516 and SNC meteoritesWe report on the isotopic composition of Pb and the concentration of Pb, U, and Th in a sample of LEW88516 (LEW). LEW was a 13-g stone recovered from Antarctica and was classified as a new member of the Shergottite group. This work was undertaken with the hope that LEW might yield new information to elucidate further the origin and evolution of Shergottites and other SNC meteorites. We have previously studied U-Th-Pb in other Shergottites, namely Shergotty, Zagami, EETA79001, and ALHA77005, as well as Nakhla. The results indicate that the initial leads of these Shergottites were well defined, were distinct from each other, and have high Pb-204/Pb-206 (from 0.0652 to 0.0739). These leads evolved in different reservoirs over most of solar system history in a low U-238/Pb-204(micro) is approximately equal to 5 environment. The U-Th-Pb isotopic systems are quite regular, which unambiguously indicates an event of U-Th-Pb fractionation at approximately 200 m.y. The details of the data arrays are complex. The young age is in general agreement with some of the ages obtained by other methods, but precise concordance between the different methods is not established. The new results on LEW are remarkably similar to those of ALHA77005 and support the other observations based on the mineralogy, petrology, and bulk composition. The clear distinction between the Shergottites and Nakhla is confirmed. We consider that the Shergottites and possibly all the SNC's were derived from an impact on the regolith of a differentiated terrestrial type planetary body (Mars?) with a high content of volatiles as compared to the earth.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
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Conference Paper
Chen, J. H.
(California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Wasserburg, G. J.
(California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
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Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 1: A-F
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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