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Multiplicity of chondrule heating events and the coarsening of chondrule texturesOur studies of compound chondrules show that most chondrules experienced at least two thermal events that produced appreciable amounts of melt. I suggest that chondrules were subjected to a hierarchy of brief heating events, the number increasing exponentially with decreasing intensity, and that some of intermediate intensity deposited enough heat to partially melt mesostasis glass and promote the growth of mafic mineral grains. This scenario can account for textures that require improbably low monotonic cooling rates in laboratory simulations, and also for the rarity of glassy chondrule textures despite the ease with which these are produced in the laboratory.
Document ID
19940016387
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Wasson, John T. (California Univ. Los Angeles, CA, 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
Subject Category
ASTROPHYSICS
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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