Impact-related thermal effects on the redox state of Ca-pyroxene

1M. C. McCanta,2M. D. Dyar
Meteoritics&Planetary Science (in Press) Link to Article [DOI: 10.1111/maps.12793]
1University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
2Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA
Published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons

Oxidation is observed in Ca-pyroxene subjected to a range of shock pressures (21–59 GPa). Changes in the pyroxene redox ratio as measured by the changes in %Fe3+ ranged from 2–6 times the starting composition. Mössbauer and reflectance spectroscopy record the changing Fe3+ concentration as a preferential oxidation of Fe2+ in the M2 crystallographic site. The oxidation is also accompanied by mechanical changes in the pyroxene crystals including fracturing, linear defects, and twinning. As oxygen fugacity is often calculated using mineral redox ratios and thought to represent the prevailing fO2 during crystallization, it is imperative to recognize that the fO2 values measured in impact-derived materials may represent that of the impact and not the magma source region.

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