Preservation of ancient impact ages on the R chondrite parent body: 40Ar/39Ar age of hornblende-bearing R chondrite LAP 04840

1K. Righter,2M. A. Cosca,2L. E. Morgan
Meteoritics & Planetary Science (in Press) Link to Article [DOI: 10.1111/maps.12692]
1Mailcode XI2, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, USA
1U.S. Geological Survey, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado, USA
Published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons

The hornblende- and biotite-bearing R chondrite LAP 04840 is a rare kind of meteorite possibly containing outer solar system water stored during metamorphism or postshock annealing deep within an asteroid. Because little is known regarding its age and origin, we determined 40Ar/39Ar ages on hornblende-rich separates of the meteorite, and obtained plateau ages of 4340(±40) to 4380(±30) Ma. These well-defined plateau ages, coupled with evidence for postshock annealing, indicate this meteorite records an ancient shock event and subsequent annealing. The age of 4340–4380 Ma (or 4.34–4.38 Ga) for this and other previously dated R chondrites is much older than most impact events recorded by ordinary chondrites and points to an ancient event or events that predated the late heavy bombardment that is recorded in so many meteorites and lunar samples.

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