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Trace element compositions of spinel-rich refractory inclusions from the Murchison meteoriteThree spinel-rich, perovskite-bearing, pyroxene-rimmed, hibonite-free inclusions from the Murchison C2 chondrite have volatility controlled, modified group II REE patterns. Two have high Eu/Yb ratios, two have small positive Ce anomalies and one has high refractory siderophiles for a group II inclusion. Two additional spinel-rich inclusions have subchondritic Ce/La ratios and negative Eu and Yb anomalies, the Eu anomalies being larger than the Yb ones. One of these inclusions is enriched in La relative to all HREE and the other is enriched in HREE relative to all LREE except La, possibly suggesting the presence of an ultrarefractory component in the latter. One hibonite-rich inclusion has a group III REE pattern with a negative Ce anomaly. A calcium dialuminate-bearing inclusion known to have crystallized from a melt at 2100-1800K has a modified group II REE pattern, rather than a pattern which would be predicted from the evaporation expected from such a droplet, e.g., a group III or ultrarefractory pattern. Volatile element contents of these inclusions are among the lowest found in any refractory inclusions.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Yoneda, S. (Chicago Univ. Chicago, IL, United States)
Sylvester, P. J. (Chicago Univ. Chicago, IL, United States)
Simon, S. B. (Chicago Univ. Chicago, IL, United States)
Grossman, L. (Chicago Univ. Chicago, IL, United States)
Hsu, A. (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Aurora., 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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