Ar-Ar and U-Pb ages of Chelyabinsk and a re-evaluation of its impact chronology

1,2,3,4Sky P. Beard,2,3Timothy D. Swindle,5Thomas J. Lapen,2,3David A. Kring
Meteoritics & Planetary Science (in Press) Link to Article [https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.13927]
1State Key Laboratory in Lunar and Planetary Science, Macau University of Science and Technology, Avenida Wai Long, Macau, Taipa, 999078 P.R. China
2NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, Moffett Field, California, 94035 USA
3Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 85721 USA
4CNSA Macau Center for Space Exploration and Science, Macau, P.R. China
5University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 77004 USA
Published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons

The LL5 chondrite Chelyabinsk has had numerous isotopic studies since its fall in 2013. These data have been used to suggest ~8 impact events recorded from multiple isotopic systems (e.g., Ar-Ar, U–Pb, Sm-Nd, Rb-Sr, among others). We report details of Ar-Ar and U-Pb results and re-evaluate the geochronology of Chelyabinsk. Argon has the youngest Ar-Ar age recorded in meteorites, 25 ± 11 Ma, and an older resetting event at ~2550 Ma. The U-Pb analysis has an upper concordia age of 4456 ± 23 Ma and a lower concordia age of 184 ± 200 Ma. The lower concordia intercept represents a later thermal event (e.g., an impact), the most recent time that lead loss occurred, and could represent resetting by the youngest event recorded by Ar-Ar. Combining our data with literature results, we find strong evidence of at least four impact events (~4450, 2550, 1700, 25 Ma), with some evidence for two additional impacts (~3700, 1000 Ma).

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