Multiscale correlated analysis of the Aguas Zarcas CM chondrite

1,2,3Zélia Dionnet et al. (>10)
Meteoritics & Planetary Science (in Press) Open Access Link to Article []
1Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay, Orsay, 91405 France
2Dip. Di Scienze Applicate, Università di Napoli Parthenope, Centro Direzionale di Napoli, Isola C4, Naples, 80143 Italy
3Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali—INAF, Rome, Italy
Published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons

In this paper, we report the results of a campaign of measurements on four fragments of the CM Aguas Zarcas (AZ) meteorite, combining X-ray computed tomography analysis and Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. We estimated a petrologic type for our sampled CM lithology using the two independent techniques, and obtained a type CM2.5, in agreement with previous estimations. By comparing the Si-O 10-µm signature of the AZ average FT-IR spectra with other well-studied CMs, we place AZ in the context of aqueous alteration of CM parent bodies. Morphological characterization reveals that AZ has heterogeneous distribution of pores and a global porosity of 4.5 ± 0.5 vol%. We show that chondrules have a porosity of 6.3 ± 1 vol%. This larger porosity could be inherited due to various processes such as temperature variation during the chondrule formation and shocks or dissolution during aqueous alteration. Finally, we observed a correlation between 3D distributions of organic matter and mineral at micrometric scales, revealing a link between the abundance of organic matter and the presence of hydrated minerals. This supports the idea that aqueous alteration in AZ’s parent body played a major role in the evolution of the organic matter.


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