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Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) of Fe-bearing Sheet Silicates in CM ChondritesThe primitive character and hydrated mineralogy of the CM chondrites offers insight into some of the earliest reactions between solids and water. Such reactions profoundly affected the matrices and fine-grained rims (FGRs) [1-4], two of the most significant components of these meteorites [5]. We are using EELS combined with a transmission electron microscope (TEM) to investigate the compositions of Fe-bearing minerals, with emphasis on determining oxidation states and quantification of oxidation-state ratios. Iron is among the most abundant elements in the solar system and it can occur naturally in three oxidation states: Fe0, Fe2+, and Fe3+. Determination of oxidation- state ratios is useful because they can be used to infer the redox conditions under which the minerals formed or were last equilibrated [6, 7]. We are particularly interested in understanding how the oxidation state of Fe was affected by the aqueous reactions of the CM chondrites.
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Zega, Thomas J.
(Arizona State Univ. Tempe, AZ, United States)
Garvie, Laurence A. J.
(Arizona State Univ. Tempe, AZ, United States)
Buseck, Peter R.
(Arizona State Univ. Tempe, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
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Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIV
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
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