Identification of relict forsterite grains in forsterite-rich chondrules from the Mokoia CV3 carbonaceous chondrite

Rhian H. Jones, E. Rae Carey

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    Magnesium-rich forsterite grains (>Fo98) in FeO-poor chondrules shosv variations in cathodoluminescence (CL) intensity that are associated closely with variations in Al2O3 and TiO 2 contents. CL thus can be used to map the distribution of Al and Ti in individual grains. We describe several categories of CL distribution, including grains that are homogeneous, grains that are zoned continuously, grains that show oscillatory zoning, and grains that show a heterogeneous distribution of CL intensity. Heterogeneous CL intensity is interpreted as the result of disequilibrium growth from the chondrule melt. CL surveys of individual chondrules help to identify forsterite grains that are potentially relics in their host chondrules, i.e., grains that did not crystallize in situ from the chondrule melt. Several of these grains show minor-element variations that differ from the majority of melt-grown grains in their host chondrules: This observation supports the inference that they are relics. Little evidence exists for growth of individual grains in multiple brief heating episodes. Identification of the abundance of relict grains is important for determining the thermal histories of chondrules as well as the nature of the precursor assemblages from which they formed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1664-1674
    Number of pages10
    JournalThe American Mineralogist
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006


    • Cathodoluminescence
    • Chondrites
    • Chondrules
    • Forsterite


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