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THE CHROMIUM ISOTOPIC COMPOSITION OF THE UNGROUPED CARBONACEOUS CHONDRITE TAGISH LAKE

Abstract : Early solar materials bear a variety of isotopic anomalies that reflect compositional differences deriving from distinct stellar nucleosynthetic processes. As shown in previous studies, the stepwise dissolution with increasing acid strengths of bulk rock carbonaceous chondrites liberates Cr with both excesses and deficits in 53 Cr and 54 Cr relative to the terrestrial standard. The magnitude of the 54 Cr variations within a meteorite decreases in the sequence CI1 > CR2 > CM2 > CV3 > CO3 > CK4 and correlates with the degree of metamorphism of each carbonaceous chondrite class. This study shows that the Tagish Lake meteorite presents the highest excesses in 54 Cr ever measured in a bulk silicate phase. According to this study, the Tagish Lake meteorite is composed of the least re-equilibrated material known at this time. The magnitude of 54 Cr variation decreases now in the following sequence: Tagish Lake (ungrouped CI2) > Orgueil (CI1) > Murchison (CM2) > Allende (CV2). Moreover, this study shows that excesses in 53 Cr relative to Earth can be interpreted as representing the extent of aqueous alteration on meteorite parent bodies. Finally, the high 54 Cr anomalies measured in this meteorite make Tagish Lake one of the major targets to decipher the host of these anomalies.
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M. Petitat, J.-L. Birck, T. Luu, M. Gounelle. THE CHROMIUM ISOTOPIC COMPOSITION OF THE UNGROUPED CARBONACEOUS CHONDRITE TAGISH LAKE. The Astrophysical Journal, American Astronomical Society, 2011, 736 (1), pp.23. ⟨10.1088/0004-637X/736/1/23⟩. ⟨insu-02163323⟩

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