The effects of secondary processing in the unique carbonaceous chondrite Miller Range 07687

1Pierre Haenecour,2Christine Floss,3Adrian J. Brearley,1,4Thomas J. Zega
Meteoritics & Planetary Science (in Press) Link to Article [https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.13477]
1Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 85721‐0092 USA
2Laboratory for Space Sciences and McDonnell Center for Space Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, 63130 USA
3Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87131 USA
4Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 85721‐0012 USA
Published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons

Our detailed mineralogical, elemental, and isotopic study of the Miller Range (MIL) 07687 meteorite showed that, although this meteorite has affinities to CO chondrites, it also exhibits sufficient differences to warrant classification as an ungrouped carbonaceous chondrite. The most notable feature of MIL 07687 is the presence of two distinct matrix lithologies that result from highly localized aqueous alteration. One of these lithologies is Fe‐rich and exhibits evidence for interaction with water, including the presence of fibrous (dendritic) ferrihydrite. The other lithology, which is Fe‐poor, appears to represent relatively unaltered protolith material. MIL 07687 has presolar grain abundances consistent with those observed in other modestly altered carbonaceous chondrites: the overall abundance of O‐rich presolar grains is 137 ± 3 ppm and the overall abundance of SiC grains is 71 ± 11 ppm. However, there is a large difference in the observed O‐rich and SiC grain number densities between altered and unaltered areas, reflecting partial destruction of presolar grains (both O‐ and C‐rich grains) due to the aqueous alteration experienced by MIL 07687 under highly oxidizing conditions. Detailed coordinated NanoSIMS‐TEM analysis of a large hotspot composed of an isotopically normal core surrounded by a rim composed of 17O‐rich grains is consistent with either original condensation of the core and surrounding grains in the same parent AGB star, or with grain accretion in the ISM or solar nebula.

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