Structural and isotopic analysis of organic matter in carbonaceous chondrites

Gilmour, I. (2005). Structural and isotopic analysis of organic matter in carbonaceous chondrites. In: Davis, A.M. ed. Treatise on Geochemistry: Meteorites, comets and planets, Volume 1. Elsevier Ltd, pp. 269–290.

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Abstract

The principal focus of this review is on the analysis of the organic matter in the Murchison CM2 chondrite, together with data from other meteorites where it can be shown that they have not been compromised by terrestrial contamination. It primarily covers work undertaken since 1980, a period that has seen the increasing use of stable isotopic techniques to elucidate the sources of meteoritic organic matter, improved methods to study the structure of organic matter such as nuclear magnetic resonance, and the first in situ examinations of organic matter in meteorites; these approaches have provided significant advances in our understanding of the processes involved in the synthesis of extraterrestrial organic matter.

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