Unique igneous textures and shock metamorphism of the Northwest Africa 7203 angrite: Implications for crystallization processes and the evolutionary history of the angrite parent body

1Hideyuki Hayashi,2Takashi Mikouchi,3Nak Kyu Kim,3Changkun Park,4,5Yuji Sano,6,7Atsushi Takenouchi,6Akira Yamaguchi,8Hiroyuki Kagi,9Martin Bizzarro
Meteoritics & Planetary Science (in Press) Link to Article [https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maps.13776]
1Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033 Japan
2The University Museum, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033 Japan
3Division of Earth Sciences, Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), 26 Songdomirae-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, 21990 Korea
4Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI), The University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba, 277-8564 Japan
5Center for Advanced Marine Core Research, Kochi University, Monobe, Nankoku, Kochi, B200 783-8502 Japan
6Antarctic Meteorite Research Center, National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), 10-3 Midori-cho, Tachikawa, Tokyo, 190-8518 Japan
7The Kyoto University Museum, Kyoto University, Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501 Japan
8Geochemical Research Center, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033 Japan
9Centre for Stars and Planet Formation, Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen, ØsterVoldgade 5-7, Copenhagen, DK-1350 Denmark
Published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons

Northwest Africa (NWA) 7203 is a quenched angrite, showing mineralogical features typically not present in other quenched angrites. NWA 7203 exhibits textures whose grain size varies from fine grains (<10 μm) to coarse grains (~3 mm), while other quenched angrites show only single-sized textures. Fine-grained and coarse-grained lithologies have nearly the same bulk compositions. Cooling rates were estimated to be ~80 °C h−1 for fine-grained lithologies and ~1 °C h−1 for coarse-grained lithologies. Mg-rich olivines (~Fo64) were found only in fine-grained lithologies. Crystallization of NWA 7203 started in the fine-grained lithologies with Mg-rich olivine grains acting as seeds for crystallization. Coarse-grained lithologies were subsequently formed under conditions of slower cooling. NWA 7203 shows clear shock metamorphic textures unlike other quenched angrites except for NWA 1670. We confirm that the oxygen isotopic ratios of NWA 7203 plot on the angrite fractionation line within uncertainty. However, the obtained Pb-Pb age of NWA 7203 is 4543 ± 19 Ma, younger than the ages of other quenched angrites, which might be a result of disturbance by shock metamorphism. The finding of shock metamorphism of NWA 7203 suggests that some angrites might be derived from asteroids that remained large (>10 km in diameter) during the late heavy bombardment.


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