Magnetite-Magnesioferrite Phase Relations and Application to ALH84001Oxygen fugacity (fO2) is an important factor in planetary formation and evolution. Certain minerals or assemblages of minerals are stable only under certain fO2 conditions (at a constant T and P) and can be recorders of ambient fO2 during geologic processes. The best estimate of oxygen fugacity from mineral assemblages has implications, from large-scale models of planetary evolution to interpretation of single meteorites. For example, redox conditions are part of the discussion of the origin and history of shergottites, basaltic rocks in meteorites from Mars [1-4]. In addition oxygen fugacity may be an important factor to consider in the interpretation of the carbonate and magnetite assemblages seen in ALH84001 .
Koziol, Andrea M. (Dayton Univ. OH, United States)