Elemental Depletions in Antarctic Micrometeorites and Arctic Cosmic Spherules: Comparison and Relationships
Antarctic micrometeorites (MM's) and Arctic cosmic spherules (CS's) have bulk compositions comparable to those of chondritic meteorites. However, abundance of Na, Ca, Mn, Ni, Co, and S are commonly lower in MM's and CS's as compared to chondrites. Our SEM, EMP, and INAA studies suggest that these elemental depletions in unmelted MM's are likely to be due to leaching of soluble components from the MM's in the upper atmosphere and the melt ice water. Depletions in CS's appear to be mainly due to volatilization during melting in the atmosphere or to sampling bias during aggregate formation or parent rock break-up.
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
- Pub Date:
- March 1993
- Meteoritic Composition;
- Antarctic Regions;
- Concentration (Composition);