We report the results of iodine-xenon analyses of irradiated halide grains extracted from the H-chondrite Monahans (1998) and compare them with those from Zag (Whitby et al., 2000) to address the timing of aqueous processing on the H-chondrite parent body. Xe isotopic analyses were carried out using the RELAX mass spectrometer with laser stepped heating. The initial 129I/127I ratio in the Monahans halide was determined to be (9.37 ± 0.06) × 10-5 with an iodine concentration of ∼400 ppb. Significant scatter, especially in the Zag data, indicates that a simple interpretation as a formation age is unreliable. Instead we propose a model whereby halide minerals in both meteorites formed ∼5 Ma after the enstatite achondrite Shallowater (at an absolute age of 4559 Ma). This age is in agreement with the timing of aqueous alteration on the carbonaceous chondrite parent bodies and ordinary chondrite metamorphism and is consistent with the decay of 26Al as a heat source for heating and mobilisation of brines on the H-chondrite parent body. Post accretion surface impact events may have also contributed to the heat source. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd.
- Solar system (early; evolution of H-chondrite parent body and early solar system water revealed by iodine-xenon isotopes of ordinary chondrite halide); Chondrite meteorites; H chondrites; Ordinary chondrites (evolution of H-chondrite parent body and early solar system water revealed by iodine-xenon isotopes of ordinary chondrite halide)