Complex petrogenesis of the Nakhla (SNC) meteorite: evidence from petrography and mineral chemistry.
The Nakhla (SNC) meteorite, of putative Martian origin, consists of euhedra and subhedra of augite and olivine in a fine-grained basaltic mesostasis. This paper presents petrographic and mineral chemical data on the Nakhla meteorite, which were collected to help distinquish among the four existing hypotheses for the formation of olivine in this meteorite. It is concluded that none of these hypotheses can explain the origins of olivine and augite. A new hypothesis is proposed, which is consistent with the data presented. It suggests that the cores of augites and olivines are both xenocrysts from a partially equilibrated source rock.
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Proceedings
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- Chemical Analysis;
- Igneous Rocks;
- Meteoritic Composition;
- Iron Compounds;
- Magnesium Compounds;
- Lunar and Planetary Exploration; Meteorites;
- Meteorites: Petrology