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TitleUnraveling the evolution of chondrite parent asteroids by precise U-Pb dating and thermal modeling
AuthorAmelin, YORCID logo; Ghosh, A; Rotenberg, E
SourceGeochimica et Cosmochimica Acta vol. 69, no. 2, 2005 p. 505-518,
LinksElectronic Annex - Annexe numérique
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 2005839
PublisherElsevier BV
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
Subjectsextraterrestrial geology; geochronology; geochemistry; radiometric dating; uranium lead dating; thermal analyses; thermal history; modelling
Illustrationstables; Concordia diagrams; box plots; plots; models; photographs; photomicrographs
ProgramNSERC Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
ProgramCanadian Space Agency, Funding Program
AbstractU-Th-Pb isotopic data are reported for mineral fractions, individual chondrules and fractions of chondrule fragments from the equilibrated ordinary chondrite Richardton (H5). Chondrules and milligram-sized fractions of pyroxene-rich chondrule fragments contain highly radiogenic Pb and concordant or nearly concordant U-Th-Pb isotopic systems, and are suitable for precise Pb-Pb age determinations. Olivine and sulfide have low U concentrations and contain less radiogenic Pb. The ages of individual chondrules, pyroxene-rich and phosphate fractions are determined using U-Pb and Pb-Pb isochron and model date calculations. The Pb-Pb isochron date of 4562.7 ± 1.7 Ma of the Richardton chondrules and chondrule fragments is resolved from the Pb-Pb isochron date of 4550.7 ± 2.6 Ma obtained from multiple phosphate fractions. Possible biases of the isochron dates due to single-stage approximation of multi-stage evolution, contamination with modern common Pb, and disturbance to the system by reheating, are examined and are found to be insignificant. The chondrule and phosphate dates are interpreted as the timing of cessation of Pb diffusion during cooling following metamorphism in chondrite parent bodies. The difference in estimated closure temperatures, ~950-1150 K for pyroxenes, and 700-800 K for phosphates (temperature estimates are based on published diffusion rates for Pb in pyroxenes and apatite), allows evaluation of the average cooling rate at 26 ± 13 K/million years for the Richardton parent body over the period of 4563-4551 my. Thermal modeling of the H-chondrite parent body (which is assumed to be asteroid 6 Hebe, heated by decay of 26Al) suggests a scenario in which accretion initiated at 1.7 m.y. after formation of calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions and continued for 3.5 m.y.

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