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Hydrocarbons in the Haughton Impact Structure, Devon Island, Nunavut, CanadaThe occurrence of organic matter in terrestrial impact craters is important to astrobiology, as it may offer insight into possible relationships between impact events and the genesis, distribution and preservation of biologically relevant materials on planets. In particular, the processing and mobilization of preexisting organic material in planetary targets is of interest for studies of pathways to chemical complexity. Observations in old (Palaeozoic, Precambrian) craters indicate that organic carbon can survive large impacts. However, limited exposure and superimposed geological events can make the detailed history of organic matter in old craters difficult to decipher. We present here the first identification of hydrocarbons in the young (23 Ma, Miocene) Haughton impact structure.
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Parnell, J.
(Aberdeen Univ. United Kingdom)
Osinski, G. R.
(New Brunswick Univ. Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada)
Lee, P.
(Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Inst. Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Baron, M.
(Aberdeen Univ. United Kingdom)
Pearson, M. J.
(Aberdeen Univ. United Kingdom)
Feely, M.
(National Univ. of Ireland Galway, Ireland)
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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