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Depletions of sulfur and/or zinc in IDPs: Are they reliable indicators of atmospheric entry heating?The degree of heating of interplanetary dust particles (IDP's) on Earth atmospheric entry is important in distinguishing cometary particles from main-belt asteroidal particles. Depletions in the volatile elements S and Zn were proposed as chemical indicators of significant entry heating. The S and Zn contents of cosmic dust particles were correlated with physical indicators of atmospheric entry heating, such as the production of magnetite and the loss of solar wind implanted He. The results indicate that the Zn content of IDP's is a useful indicator of entry heating, but the S content seems to be less useful.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Flynn, G. J.
(State Univ. of New York Plattsburgh, NY, United States)
Sutton, S. R.
(Chicago Univ. IL., United States)
Bajt, S.
(Chicago Univ. IL., United States)
Kloeck, W.
(Westfaelische Wilhelms Univ. Muenster, Germany)
Thomas, K. L.
(Lockheed Corp. Houston, TX., United States)
Keller, L. P.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 1: A-F
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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