Chondritic chlorine isotope composition of acapulcoites and lodranites

Stephant, A.; Anand, M.; Carli, C.; Zhao, X.; Davidson, J.; Cuppone, T.; Pratesi, G. and Franchi, I. A. (2024). Chondritic chlorine isotope composition of acapulcoites and lodranites. Geochemical Perspectives Letters, 29 pp. 14–19.



Bulk rock chondrites and Earth’s reservoirs share a common chlorine isotopic value, while more differentiated bodies such as the Moon or Vesta record significant chlorine isotopic fractionation in their Ca phosphates. As such, an important but scarcely studied parameter is the effect of melting and differentiation processes on chlorine concentration and isotopic composition of a planetesimal. Here we report chlorine abundances and isotopic compositions for apatite in a range of primitive achondrites, acapulcoites and lodranites. These meteorites originated from a parent body that experienced some partial melting, allowing an assessment of chlorine behaviour during the early stages of planetary evolution in the inner Solar System. Overall, while bulk rock estimates of F and Cl abundances are indicative of degassing during the early stages of partial melting, no chlorine isotopic fractionation is recorded in apatite. Consequently, acapulcoites and lodranites retain their chondritic precursor isotopic signature for chlorine.

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