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A new Antarctic meteorite with chromite, orthopyroxene and metal with reference to a formation model of S asteroidsMineralogy of a unique meteorite from Antarctica, EET84302 and the related primitive achondrites, was studied to gain better understanding on relationship between S asteroids and this meteorite group. EET84302 consists of metal-rich (M) region with metal filling interstices of silicate grains of orthopyroxene (Opx), olivine Fa8, plagioclase An24, and augite (Aug), chromite-rich (C) region with major chromite and Opx, and silicate-rich (S) region with mainly Opx. This is the first example of chromite-rich achondrite. Distribution of three areas (C, M, S) are in line with a proposed model of primitive achondrites and S asteroids. Since reflectance spectra of some members of primitive achondrites combined with those of iron meteorites, resemble those of the S asteroids, there is an expectation that S asteroids are modified products of chondrites. The trends of the variations in their mineral assemblages are in line with those of the S asteroids. Hiroi proposed a stony-iron model of S asteroids, which assumes that a few domains of various primitive achondrites are embedded in iron matrix. Polished thin sections (PTS) of EET84302,19 and ALH81187,16 were supplied from Meteorite Working Group (MWG). A previously studied PTS of EET84302 was similar in both texture and mineralogy to silicate inclusions in some iron meteorites. PTS EET84302,19 was studied by electron probe microanalyzer (EPMA) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The reflectance spectra of EET84302 showed a weathering problem and was not used to match with those of S asteroids.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Takeda, Hiroshi (Tokyo Univ. Japan)
Saiki, Kazuto (Tokyo Univ. Japan)
Otsuki, Mayumi (Tokyo Univ. Japan)
Hiroi, Takahiro (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 3: N-Z
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