The interior and the fusion crust in Saricicek howardite: Study using X-ray diffraction, magnetization measurements and Mossbauer spectroscopy


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Maksimova A. A. , ÜNSALAN O. , Chukin A. V. , Karabanalov M. S. , Jenniskens P., Felner I., ...More

SPECTROCHIMICA ACTA PART A-MOLECULAR AND BIOMOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY, vol.228, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 228
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.saa.2019.117819
  • Title of Journal : SPECTROCHIMICA ACTA PART A-MOLECULAR AND BIOMOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY

Abstract

The meteorite Saricicek, a 2015 howardite fall in Turkey, was analyzed using various physical techniques. Both the interior and the fusion crust were studied by optical and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, magnetization measurements and Mossbauer spectroscopy. The main and minor iron-bearing phases such as orthopyroxene, Ca-poor and Ca-rich clinopyroxene, chromite with hercynite, Fe2+ and Fe3+ ilmenite, troilite, alpha-Fe(Ni, Co), alpha(2)-Fe(Ni, Co) and gamma-Fe(Ni, Co) phases were identified. The ratios of Fe2+ occupancies in the M1 and M2 sites in the silicate phases as well as the equilibrium Fe2+ and Mg2+ cations distribution temperatures (T-eq) for orthopyroxene were estimated using X-ray diffraction and Mossbauer spectroscopy, which appeared to be in a good agreement: for example, T-eq were 886 and 878 K, respectively. The glass-like fusion crust of Saricicek consists of orthopyroxene with ferrous and ferric compounds that are likely products of combustion and melting. (C) 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.