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The mineralogy, petrology, and composition of anomalous eucrite Emmaville

Barrett, T. J.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.; Greenwood, R. C.; Charlier, B. L. A.; Hammond, S.; Ross, D. K.; Anand, M.; Franchi, I. A.; Abernethy, F. A. J. and Grady, M. M. (2017). The mineralogy, petrology, and composition of anomalous eucrite Emmaville. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 52(4) pp. 656–668.

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The Emmaville eucrite is a relatively poorly studied basaltic achondrite with an anomalous oxygen isotope signature. In this study, we report comprehensive mineralogical, petrographic, and geochemical data from Emmaville in order to understand its petrogenesis and relationship with the basaltic eucrites. Emmaville is an unusually fine-grained, hornfelsic-textured metabasalt with pervasive impact melt veins and mineral compositions similar to those of typical basaltic eucrites. The major and trace element bulk composition of Emmaville is also typical of a basaltic eucrite. Three separated individual lithologies were also analyzed for O isotopes; a dark gray fraction (E1), a shocked lithology (E2), and a lighter gray portion (E3). Fractions E1 and E2 shared similar O isotope compositions to the bulk sample (E-B), whereas the lighter gray portion (E3) is slightly elevated in Δ17O and significantly elevated in δ18O compared to bulk. No evidence for any exogenous material is observed in the thin sections, coupled with the striking compositional similarity to typical basaltic eucrites, appears to preclude a simple impact-mixing hypothesis. The O-isotopes of Emmaville are similar to those of Bunburra Rockhole, A-881394, and EET 92023, and thus distinct from the majority of the HEDs, despite having similarities in petrology, mineral, and bulk compositions. It would, therefore, seem plausible that all four of these samples are derived from a single HED-like parent body that is isotopically distinct from that of the HEDs (Vesta) but similar in composition.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
ISSN: 1086-9379
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetST/1001964/1STFC
Not SetNot SetRoyal Astronomical Society (RAS)
Not SetNot SetNASA Cosmochemistry
Not SetNot SetEmerging Worlds Program
Keywords: Space and Planetary Science; Geophysics
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Space
Item ID: 51394
Depositing User: Stephen Serjeant
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2017 12:51
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2020 04:47
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