Meteorites: A Petrologic, Chemical and Isotopic Synthesis
Meteorite research is fundamental to our understanding of the origin and early history of the Solar System. Some meteorites were produced by melting on asteroids, a few are from the Moon and others are martian. Their study yields a chronology of the first 100 million years of Solar System history, and provides evidence that our Sun went through a highly radiative, T Tauri stage. This book considers the mechanism and timing of core formation and basaltic volcanism on asteroids, and the effects of heating water-rich bodies. Results from meteorite research are placed in a galactic setting, and a theory is proposed for the origin of the planets of our Solar System. This advanced yet succinct introduction provides a classification of meteorites, and discusses their ages and origin. It will be valuable to graduate students and scientists in astrophysics, space research, cosmochemistry, geochemistry, isotope geology, and earth and planetary sciences.
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chemistry and classification
Time in the evolution of chondrites
Origin of chondrites and their components
primitive achondrites ureilites
asteroidal lunar and Martian basaltic
Composition and form of protosolar matter
Timing and evidence of early hypervelocity impact
Possible origins of a protojupiter
Consequences for the probability of lifesupporting planets
abundant Acta ages angrites aqueous alteration asteroidal aubrites basaltic breccias bulk Ca-poor pyroxene CAIs carbonaceous chondrites chemical chon chondrite groups chondrite parent chondrule formation chondrules classification clasts CM chondrites components composition condensation cooling rates core Cosmochim crystals diogenites Early Solar System enriched enstatite chondrites equilibrated etal eucrites Fe-rich Fe.Ni metal formed forsterite fractionation fragments Geochim H chondrites heating high-temperature hodies howardites igneous inclusions interstellar iron meteorites kamacite liquid lithophile elements lunar meteorites magma magnetite Martian meteorites matrix melt mesosiderites metamorphism Meteoritics Planet Mg/Si mineral mineralogy nebular olivine ordinary chondrites oxidation oxygen isotopic ratios pallasites parent bodies petrologic type pigeonite plagioclase planetary polymict pre-solar grains pyroxene range refractory regolith regolith breccias rims rocks shock silicate solids spinel stony iron taenite tchapter temperature terrestrial texture tfig thermal metamorphism troilite tsee ttable unequilibrated ungrouped ureilites Wasson x-wind zoned