Meteoritics & Planetary Science is an international monthly journal of the Meteoritical Society—a scholarly organization promoting research and education in planetary science. Topics include the origin and history of the solar system, planets and natural satellites, interplanetary dust and interstellar medium, lunar samples, meteors and meteorites, asteroids, comets, craters, and tektites.

Meteoritics & Planetary Science was first published in 1935 under the title Contributions of the Society for Research on Meteorites. In 1947, the publication became known as Contributions of the Meteoritical Society and continued through 1951. From 1953 to 1995, the publication was known as Meteoritics, and in 1996, the journal's name was changed to Meteoritics & Planetary Science or MAPS. The journal was not published in 1952 and from 1957 to 1964.

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  • Mercurian impact ejecta: Meteorites and mantle

    Gladman, B.; Coffey, J. (The Meteoritical Society, 2009-01-01)
    We have examined the fate of impact ejecta liberated from the surface of Mercury due to impacts by comets or asteroids, in order to study 1) meteorite transfer to Earth, and 2) reaccumulation of an expelled mantle in giant-impact scenarios seeking to explain Mercurys large core. In the context of meteorite transfer during the last 30 Myr, we note that Mercurys impact ejecta leave the planets surface much faster (on average) than other planets in the solar system because it is the only planet where impact speeds routinely range from 5 to 20 times the planets escape speed; this causes impact ejecta to leave its surface moving many times faster than needed to escape its gravitational pull. Thus, a large fraction of Mercurian ejecta may reach heliocentric orbit with speeds sufficiently high for Earth-crossing orbits to exist immediately after impact, resulting in larger fractions of the ejecta reaching Earth as meteorites. We calculate the delivery rate to Earth on a time scale of 30 Myr (typical of stony meteorites from the asteroid belt) and show that several percent of the high-speed ejecta reach Earth (a factor of 23 less than typical launches from Mars); this is one to two orders of magnitude more efficient than previous estimates. Similar quantities of material reach Venus. These calculations also yield measurements of the re-accretion time scale of material ejected from Mercury in a putative giant impact (assuming gravity is dominant). For Mercurian ejecta escaping the gravitational reach of the planet with excess speeds equal to Mercurys escape speed, about one third of ejecta reaccretes in as little as 2 Myr. Thus collisional stripping of a silicate proto-Mercurian mantle can only work effectively if the liberated mantle material remains in small enough particles that radiation forces can drag them into the Sun on time scale of a few million years, or Mercury would simply re-accrete the material.
  • Shergottites Dhofar 019, SaU 005, Shergotty, and Zagami: 40Ar-39Ar chronology and trapped Martian atmospheric and interior argon

    Korochantseva, E. V.; Trieloff, M.; Buikin, A. I.; Hopp, J. (The Meteoritical Society, 2009-01-01)
    We report a high-resolution 40Ar-39Ar study of mineral separates and whole-rock samples of olivine-phyric (Dhofar 019, Sayh al Uhaymir [SaU] 005) and basaltic (Shergotty, Zagami) shergottites. Excess argon is present in all samples. The highest (40Ar/36Ar)trapped ratios are found for argon in pyroxene melt inclusions (~1500), maskelynite (~1200), impact glass (~1800) of Shergotty and impact glass of SaU 005 (~1200). A high (40Ar/36Ar)trapped componentusually uniquely ascribed to Martian atmosphere--can also originate from the Martian interior, indicating a heterogeneous Martian mantle composition. As additional explanation of variable high (40Ar/ 36Ar)trapped ratios in shocked shergottites, we suggest argon implantation from a "transient atmosphere" during impact induced degassing. The best 40Ar-39Ar age estimate for Dhofar 019 is 642 +/- 72 Ma (maskelynite). SaU 005 samples are between 700-900 Ma old. Relatively high 40Ar-39Ar ages of melt inclusions within Dhofar 019 (1086 +/- 252 Ma) and SaU 005 olivine (885 +/- 66 Ma) could date entrapment of a magmatic liquid during early olivine crystallization, or reflect unrecognized excess 40Ar components. The youngest 40Ar-39Ar age of Shergotty separates (maskelynite) is ~370 Ma, that of Zagami is ~200 Ma. The 40Ar-39Ar chronology of Dhofar 019 and SaU 005 indicate <1 Ga ages. Apparent ages uncorrected for trapped (e.g., Martian atmosphere, mantle) argon components approach 4.5 Ga, but are not caused by inherited 40Ar, because excess 40Ar is supported by 36Artrapped. Young ages obtained by 40Ar-39Ar and other chronometers argue for primary rather than secondary events. The cosmic ray exposure ages calculated from cosmogenic argon are 15.7 +/- 0.7 Ma (Dhofar 019), 1.0-1.6 Ma (SaU 005), 2.1-2.5 Ma (Shergotty) and 2.2-3.0 Ma (Zagami).
  • Laboratory experiments on the weathering of iron meteorites and carbonaceous chondrites by iron-oxidizing bacteria

    Gronstal, A.; Pearson, V.; Kappler, A.; Dooris, C.; Anand, M.; Poitrasson, F.; Kee, T. P.; Cockell, C. S. (The Meteoritical Society, 2009-01-01)
    Batch culture experiments were performed to investigate the weathering of meteoritic material by iron-oxidizing bacteria. The aerobic, acidophilic iron oxidizer (A. ferrooxidans) was capable of oxidizing iron from both carbonaceous chondrites (Murchison and Cold Bokkeveld) and iron meteorites (York and Casas Grandes). Preliminary iron isotope results clearly show contrasted iron pathways during oxidation with and without bacteria suggesting that a biological role in meteorite weathering could be distinguished isotopically. Anaerobic iron-oxidizers growing under pH-neutral conditions oxidized iron from iron meteorites. These results show that rapid biologicallymediated alteration of extraterrestrial materials can occur in both aerobic and anaerobic environments. These results also demonstrate that iron can act as a source of energy for microorganisms from both iron and carbonaceous chondrites in aerobic and anaerobic conditions with implications for life on the early Earth and the possible use of microorganisms to extract minerals from asteroidal material.
  • Sahara 03505 sulfide-rich iron meteorite: Evidence for efficient segregation of sulfide-rich metallic melt during high-degree impact melting of an ordinary chondrite

    D'Orazio, M.; Folco, L.; Chaussidon, M.; Rochette, P. (The Meteoritical Society, 2009-01-01)
    The Sahara 03505 meteorite is a 65 g sulfide-rich iron found in an undisclosed locality of the Sahara. It consists of roughly equal volumetric proportion of polycrystalline troilite (crystal size 1.5-7.5 mm) enclosing cellular/dendritic metallic Fe-Ni (width of the dendrite arms, ~100 micrometers). The mineral assemblage is completed by sparse skeletal crystals of chromite, abundant droplets, 5-100 m in size, of anhydrous Fe-, Fe-Na-, and Fe-Mn-Mg-Ca-Na-K-phosphates, tiny crystals of schreibersite, and particles of metallic Cu. The medium- to fine-grained quench texture, and cooling modeling suggest that Sahara 03505 formed through crystallization of a sulfur-rich metallic melt under rapid cooling conditions (1-4 degrees C s^(-1)). The low troilite/metallic Fe-Ni ratio (~0.6 by weight) shows that this liquid was generated at much higher temperatures (1300 degrees C) with respect to the FeS-Fe,Ni cotectic liquids. Based on bulk chemistry and oxygen isotope composition of chromite, we propose that Sahara 03505 formed by extensive impact melting of an ordinary chondrite lithology, followed by the efficient segregation of the immiscible silicate and metallic liquids. The sulfur-rich metallic liquid rapidly cooled either by radiation into space as a small lump, or by conduction to a chondrite country rock as a vein intruded into the walls of an impact crater. Sahara 03505 belongs to a small group of sulfide-rich iron meteorites which are characterized by medium- to fine-grained quench textures and by bulk chemistry that is different from the other iron meteorite groups. We propose here to use the descriptive term sulfide-irons for this meteorite group, by analogy with the stony-irons.
  • Upper limit concentrations of trapped xenon in individual interplanetary dust particles from the stratosphere

    Kehm, K.; Crowther, S.; Gilmour, J. D.; Mohapatra, R. K.; Hohenberg, C. M. (The Meteoritical Society, 2009-01-01)
    The Xe contents in 25 individual stratospheric interplanetary dust particles were measured in two different laboratories using focused laser micro-gas extraction and (1) a conventional low-blank magnetic sector mass spectrometer (Washington University), and (2) a resonance ionization time of flight mass spectrometer (RELAX-University of Manchester). Data from both laboratories yielded a remarkably similar upper-limit 132Xe concentration in the IDPs (<2.7, 6.8 and 2.2 x 10^(-8) ccSTP/g for Washington University Run 1, Washington University Run 2 and University of Manchester analyses, respectively), which is up to a factor of five smaller than previous estimates. The upper-limit 132Xe/36Ar ratio in the IDPs (132Xe/36Ar <~8 x 10^(-4) for Run 1 and 132Xe/36Ar <~19 x 10^(-4) for Run 2), computed using 36Ar concentration data reported elsewhere is consistent with a mixture between implanted solar wind, primordial, and atmospheric noble gases. Most significantly, there is no evidence that IDPs are particularly enriched in primordial noble gases compared to chondritic meteorites, as implied by previous work.
  • The Cali meteorite fall: A new H/L ordinary chondrite

    Trigo-Rodríguez, J. M.; Llorca, J.; Rubin, A. E.; Grossman, J. N.; Sears, D. W. G.; Naranjo, M.; Bretzius, S.; Tapia, M.; Guarín Sepúlveda, M. H. (The Meteoritical Society, 2009-01-01)
    The fall of the Cali meteorite took place on 6 July 2007 at 16 h 32 +/- 1 min local time (21 h 32 +/- 1 min UTC). A daylight fireball was witnessed by hundreds of people in the Cauca Valley in Colombia from which 10 meteorite samples with a total mass of 478 g were recovered near 3 degrees 24.3'N, 76 degrees 30.6'W. The fireball trajectory and radiant have been reconstructed with moderate accuracy. From the computed radiant and from considering various plausible velocities, we obtained a range of orbital solutions that suggest that the Cali progenitor meteoroid probably originated in the main asteroid belt. Based on petrography, mineral chemistry, magnetic susceptibility, thermoluminescence, and bulk chemistry, the Cali meteorite is classified as an H/L4 ordinary chondrite breccia.
  • Petrogenesis of lunar mare basalt meteorite Miller Range 05035

    Liu, Y.; Floss, C.; Day, J. M. D.; Hill, E.; Taylor, L. A. (The Meteoritical Society, 2009-01-01)
    Miller Range (MIL) 05035 is a low-Ti mare basalt that consists predominantly of pyroxene (62.3 vol%) and plagioclase (26.4 vol%). Pyroxenes are strongly shocked and complexly zoned from augite (Wo33) and pigeonite (Wo17) cores with Mg# = 50-54 to hedenbergite rims. Coexisting pyroxene core compositions reflect crystallization temperatures of 1000 to 1100 degrees C. Plagioclase has been completely converted to maskelynite with signs of recrystallization. Maskelynite is relatively uniform in composition (An94Ab6-An91Ab9), except at contacts with late-stage mesostasis areas (elevated K contents, An82Ab15Or3). Symplectites (intergrowth of Fe-augite, fayalite, and silica) of different textures and bulk compositions in MIL 05035 suggest formation by decomposition of ferro-pyroxene during shock-induced heating, which is supported by the total maskelynitization of plagioclase, melt pockets, and the presence of a relict pyroxferroite grain. Petrography and mineral chemistry imply that crystallization of MIL 05035 occurred in the sequence of Fe-poor pyroxenes (Mg# = 50-54), followed by plagioclase and Fe-rich pyroxenes (Mg# = 20-50), and finally hedenbergite, Fe-Ti oxides, and minor late-stage phases. Petrography, bulk chemistry, mineral compositions, and the age of MIL 05035 suggest it is possibly source craterpaired with Asuka (A-) 881757 and Yamato (Y-) 793169, and may also be launch-paired with Meteorite Hills (MET) 01210. MIL 05035 represents an old (~3.8-3.9 Ga), incompatible element-depleted low-Ti basalt that was not sampled during the Apollo or Luna missions. The light-REE depleted nature and lack of Eu anomalies for this meteorite are consistent with an origin distant from the Procellarum KREEP Terrane, and genesis from an early cumulate mantle-source region generated by extensive differentiation of the Moon.
  • The Fountain Hills impact-modified CB chondrite and thermal history of the CB asteroid

    Weisberg, M. K.; Ebel, D. S. (The Meteoritical Society, 2009-01-01)
    Fountain Hills is a metal-rich chondrite with mineral and whole chondrite oxygen isotope compositions that suggest it is a CB chondrite. However, its petrologic characteristics suggest that it has been modified by shock and recrystallization to a greater degree than other CB chondrites. It differs texturally from the CB chondrites in that its metal is interstitial to the silicate and does not occur as discrete clasts as in the other CB chondrites. Portions of Fountain Hills appear to be recrystallized and it contains large (mm-size) olivine rimmed by pyroxene. A characteristic of the CB chondrites is the presence of small sulfide blebs in large metal clasts and anomalously heavy (15N-enriched) nitrogen often associated with metal surrounding the sulfide blebs, but Fountain Hills lacks sulfide and its nitrogen is relatively light. The differences between Fountain Hills and the other CB chondrites can be attributed to a secondary process, most likely impact-melting and recrystallization, that overprinted its primary features and it is inferred that Fountain Hills is an impact-modified CB chondrite.
  • The Puerto Lápice eucrite

    Llorca, J.; Casanova, I.; Trigo-Rodríguez, J. M.; Madiedo, J. M.; Roszjar, J.; Bischoff, A.; Ott, U.; Franchi, I. A.; Greenwood, R. C.; Laubenstein, M. (The Meteoritical Society, 2009-01-01)
    Puerto Lápice is a new eucrite fall (Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, 10 May 2007). In this paper, we report its detailed petrography, magnetic characterization, mineral and bulk chemistry, oxygen and noble gas isotope systematics, and radionuclide data. Study of four thin sections from two different specimens reveal that the meteorite is brecciated in nature, and it contains basaltic and granulitic clasts, as well as recrystallized impact melt and breccia fragments. Shock veins are ubiquitous and show evidence of at least three different shock events. Bulk chemical analyses suggest that Puerto Lápice belongs to the main group of basaltic eucrites, although it has a significantly higher Cr content. Oxygen isotopes also confirm that the meteorite is a normal member of the HED suite. Noble gas abundances show typical patterns, with dominant cosmogenic and radiogenic contributions, and indicate an average exposure age of 19 +/- 2 Ma, and a Pu-fission Xe age well within typical eucrite values. Cosmogenic radionuclides suggest a preatmospheric size of about 20-30 cm in diameter.
  • Puerto Lápice eucrite fall: Strewn field, physical description, probable fireball trajectory, and orbit

    Trigo-Rodríguez, J. M.; Borovička, J.; Llorca, J.; Madiedo, J. M.; Zamorano, J.; Izquierdo, J. (The Meteoritical Society, 2009-01-01)
    The fall of the Puerto Lápice eucrite occurred on May 10, 2007, at 17 h 57 m 30 +/- 30 s UTC. Its daylight fireball was witnessed by hundreds of people from Spain, and produced a meteorite fall associated with a large strewn field of fragments. There were no direct pictures of the fireball, but several pictures of the fireballs train were taken from different locations in Spain. Additional theodolite calibrations of visual records were made in order to find the most probable fireball trajectory based on the available data. The shape of the meteorite strewn field was considered as well. Although the orbit of the Puerto Lápice meteoroid could not be computed due to the absence of velocity data, we assumed a likely range of geocentric velocities and computed a range of possible orbits. All solutions show that the body was in an Apollo-type orbit, with low inclination and perihelion distance just below 1 astronomical unit (AU). This is the first case that an orbit can be discussed for an HED meteorite fall.
  • The Twannberg (Switzerland) IIG iron meteorites: Mineralogy, chemistry, and CRE ages

    Hofmann, B. A.; Lorenzetti, S.; Eugster, O.; Krähenbühl, U.; Herzog, G.; Serefiddin, F.; Gnos, E.; Eggimann, M.; Wasson, J. T. (The Meteoritical Society, 2009-01-01)
    The original mass (15915 g) of the Twannberg IIG (low Ni-, high P) iron was found in 1984. Five additional masses (12 to 2488 g) were recovered between 2000 and 2007 in the area. The different masses show identical mineralogy consisting of kamacite single crystals with inclusions of three types of schreibersite crystals: cm-sized skeletal (10.5% Ni), lamellar (17.2% Ni), and 1-3 x 10 micrometer-sized microprismatic (23.9% Ni). Masses I and II were compared in detail and have virtually identical microstructure, hardness, chemical composition, cosmic-ray exposure (CRE) ages, and 10Be and 26Al activities. Bulk concentrations of 5.2% Ni and 2.0% P were calculated. The preatmospheric mass is estimated to have been at least 11,000 kg. The average CRE age for the different Twannberg samples is 230 +/- 50 Ma. Detrital terrestrial mineral grains in the oxide rinds of the three larger masses indicate that they oxidized while they were incorporated in a glacial till deposited by the Rhne glacier during the last glaciation (Würm). The find location of mass I is located at the limit of glaciation where the meteorite may have deposited after transport by the glacier over considerable distance. All evidence indicates pairing of the six masses, which may be part of a larger shower as is indicated by the large inferred pre-atmospheric mass.