Oxygen isotope and 26Al-26Mg systematics of aluminum-rich chondrules from unequilibrated enstatite chondrites
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CitationGuan, Y., Huss, G. R., Leshin, L. A., MacPherson, G. J., & McKeegan, K. D. (2006). Oxygen isotope and 26Al‐26Mg systematics of aluminum‐rich chondrules from unequilibrated enstatite chondrites. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 41(1), 33-47.
PublisherThe Meteoritical Society
JournalMeteoritics & Planetary Science
AbstractCorrelated in situ analyses of the oxygen and magnesium isotopic compositions of aluminum-rich chondrules from unequilibrated enstatite chondrites were obtained using an ion microprobe. Among eleven aluminum-rich chondrules and two plagioclase fragments measured for 26Al-26Mg systematics, only one aluminum-rich chondrule contains excess 26Mg from the in situ decay of 26Al; the inferred initial ratio (26Al/27Al)o = (6.8 +/- 2.4) x 10^(-6) is consistent with ratios observed in chondrules from carbonaceous chondrites and unequilibrated ordinary chondrites.The oxygen isotopic compositions of five aluminum-rich chondrules and one plagioclase fragment define a line of slope ~0.6 +/- 0.1 on a three-oxygen-isotope diagram, overlapping the field defined by ferromagnesian chondrules in enstatite chondrites but extending to more 16O-rich compositions with a range in delta-18O of about ~12 ppm. Based on their oxygen isotopic compositions, aluminum-rich chondrules in unequilibrated enstatite chondrites are probably genetically related to ferromagnesian chondrules and are not simple mixtures of materials from ferromagnesian chondrules and calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions (CAIs).Relative to their counterparts from unequilibrated ordinary chondrites, aluminum-rich chondrules from unequilibrated enstatite chondrites show a narrower oxygen isotopic range and much less resolvable excess 26Mg from the in situ decay of 26Al, probably resulting from higher degrees of equilibration and isotopic exchange during post-crystallization metamorphism. However, the presence of 26Al-bearing chondrules within the primitive ordinary, carbonaceous, and now enstatite chondrites suggests that 26Al was at least approximately homogeneously distributed across the chondrite-forming region.