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The alteration history of the Jbilet Winselwan CM carbonaceous chondrite: An analog for C‐type asteroid sample return

King, A. J.; Russell, S. S.; Schofield, P. F.; Humphreys‐Williams, E. R.; Strekopytov, S.; Abernethy, F.; Verchovsky, A. B. and Grady, M. (2019). The alteration history of the Jbilet Winselwan CM carbonaceous chondrite: An analog for C‐type asteroid sample return. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 54(3) pp. 521–543.

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Abstract

Jbilet Winselwan is one of the largest CM carbonaceous chondrites available for study. Its light, major, and trace elemental compositions are within the range of other CM chondrites. Chondrules are surrounded by dusty rims and set within a matrix of phyllosilicates, oxides, and sulfides. Calcium‐ and aluminum‐rich inclusions (CAIs) are present at ≤1 vol% and at least one contains melilite. Jbilet Winselwan is a breccia containing diverse lithologies that experienced varying degrees of aqueous alteration. In most lithologies, the chondrules and CAIs are partially altered and the metal abundance is low (<1 vol%), consistent with petrologic subtypes 2.7–2.4 on the Rubin et al. (2007) scale. However, chondrules and CAIs in some lithologies are completely altered suggesting more extensive hydration to petrologic subtypes ≤2.3. Following hydration, some lithologies suffered thermal metamorphism at 400–500 °C. Bulk X‐ray diffraction shows that Jbilet Winselwan consists of a highly disordered and/or very fine‐grained phase (73 vol%), which we infer was originally phyllosilicates prior to dehydration during a thermal metamorphic event(s). Some aliquots of Jbilet Winselwan also show significant depletions in volatile elements such as He and Cd. The heating was probably short‐lived and caused by impacts. Jbilet Winselwan samples a mixture of hydrated and dehydrated materials from a primitive water‐rich asteroid. It may therefore be a good analog for the types of materials that will be encountered by the Hayabusa‐2 and OSIRIS‐REx asteroid sample‐return missions.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 A. J. King, 2018 S. S. Russell, 2018 P. F. Schofield, 2018 E. R. Humphreys‐Williams, 2018 S. Strekopytov, 2018 F. A. J. Abernethy, 2018 A. B. Verchovsky, 2018 M. M. Grady
ISSN: 1945-5100
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)
Item ID: 58434
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Publications-Router
Depositing User: ORO Import
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2019 11:08
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 17:37
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58434
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