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Carbon in primitive interplanetary dust particlesCurrently, one of the best sources of information regarding the nature and formation of carbonaceous materials in the early solar system comes from studies of primitive interplanetary dust particles (IDP's). Carbon is a significant component of most IDP's, and the nature of the C-rich phases bears on the chemical and physical processes that have affected C from its nucleosynthesis to its incorporation into primitive solar system bodies. We review the data regarding C in IDP's since approximately 1987. Brownlee summarized the state of C in IDP's in a workshop help at ARC in 1987; other recent reviews have summarized the formation mechanisms that have been proposed for carbonaceous materials in primitive solar system materials. We discuss the abundance of C in IDP's, the nature and distribution of C, and topics and strategies for future work.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Keller, Lindsay P. (MVA, Inc. Norcross, GA., United States)
Thomas, Kathie L. (Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Houston, TX., United States)
Mckay, David S. (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Workshop on the Analysis of Interplanetary Dust Particles
Subject Category
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 199-52-11-02
PROJECT: RTOP 152-17-40-23
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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