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Tambo Quemado: Extraordinary concentrations of REE and refractory trace elements caused by artificial heatingBuchwald examined samples of the IIIB iron Tambo Quemado (TAMQ) cut from the 130 kg main mass. He determined it had been artificially heated, at some time prior to being reported, in an attempt to obtain metal from it. Although the Widmanstatten structure appears relatively unaffected under macroscopic examination, microscopic study of etched sections reveals the effect of the heating. Taenite and plessite area boundaries are indistinct due to high temperature diffusion. Schreibersite, once present in significant amounts, has been melted. Schreibersites in the interior have resolidified in fine-grained eutectic textures surrounded by dark-etching metal rims supersaturated with phosphorus. Buchwald states that phosphate minerals were probably present originally, because graftonite, and its polymorph sarcopside (both essentially Fe3(PO4)2), are common in irons of the IIIB groups. Based on his metallographic study Buchwald estimates TAMQ was heated to 1000 C for about one hour. An interior sample from TAMQ was examined in order to determine what effect this unintended heating 'experiment' had upon the phosphate phases.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Olsen, E. (Chicago Univ. Hospitals and Clinics Chicago, IL, United States)
Hutcheon, I. (California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena., United States)
Moore, C. (Arizona State Univ. Tempe., 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 3: N-Z
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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