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Equilibrium and fractional crystallization of a primitive Shergottite compositionThe shergottites are a subset of the Shergottites Nakhlites Chassignites (SNC) meteorites, which are believed to have come from Mars. Petrologic studies of these basaltic meteorites suggest that the most primitive shergottite composition is the groundmass of EETA79001 (a lithology). This inference is based on (1) its high Mg relative to the other shergottites; (2) it normative olivine; and (3) its lack of the cumulate crystals found in most other SNC meteorites. However, the relationship between this primitive composition and the compositions of the other, more evolved shergottites cannot be discovered through petrologic investigations alone. Therefore, liquidus phase relations were experimentally determined for a synthetic EETA79001A groundmass composition at 1 bar and QFM in order to find whether the bulk compositions of other shergottites could be derived by simple equilibrium or fractional crystallization of the EETA79001A groundmass composition.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Wasylenki, L. E. (California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena., United States)
Jones, J. H. (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Le, L. (Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Houston, TX., United States)
Jurewicz, A. J. G. (Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. 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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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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