Compositions of unzoned and zoned metal in the CBb chondrites Hammadah al Hamra 237 and Queen Alexandra Range 94627
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CitationCampbell, A. J., Humayun, M., & Weisberg, M. K. (2005). Compositions of unzoned and zoned metal in the CBb chondrites Hammadah al Hamra 237 and Queen Alexandra Range 94627. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 40(8), 1131-1148.
PublisherThe Meteoritical Society
JournalMeteoritics & Planetary Science
AbstractThe CBb chondrites are rare, primitive, metal-rich meteorites that contain several features, including zoned metal, that have previously been interpreted as evidence for origins in the solar nebula. We have measured concentrations of Ni, Cu, Ga, Ru, Pd, Ir, and Au within both zoned and unzoned metal grains in the CBb chondrites Hammadah al Hamra (HaH) 237 and Queen Alexandra Range (QUE) 94627 using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The refractory elements Ni, Ru, and Ir are enriched in the grain cores, relative to the rims, in the zoned metal. All refractory elements are uniform across the unzoned metal grains, at concentrations that are highly variable between grains. The volatile elements Cu, Ga, and Au are usually depleted relative to chondritic abundances and are most often uniform within the grains but are sometimes slightly elevated at the outermost rim. The Pd abundances are nearly uniform, at close to chondritic abundances, in all of the metal grains. A condensation origin is inferred for both types of metal. The data support a model in which the zoned metal formed at high temperatures, in a relatively rapidly cooling nebular gas, and the unzoned metal formed at lower temperatures and at a lower cooling rate. The CBb metal appears to have formed by a process very similar to that of the CH chondrites, but the CBb meteorite components experienced even less thermal alteration following their formation and are among the most primitive materials known to have formed in the solar nebula.