Oxygen isotope systematics of chondrules in the Allende CV3 chondrite: High precision ion microprobe studies

N. G. Rudraswami, T. Ushikubo, D. Nakashima, N. T. Kita

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The oxygen three-isotope systematics of 36 chondrules from the Allende CV3 chondrite are reported using high precision secondary ion mass spectrometer (CAMECA IMS-1280). Twenty-six chondrules have shown internally homogenous Δ17O values among olivine, pyroxene, and spinel within a single chondrule. The average Δ17O values of 19 FeO-poor chondrules (13 porphyritic chondrules, 2 barred olivine chondrules, and 4 chondrule fragments) show a peak at -5.3±0.6‰ (2SD). Another 5 porphyritic chondrules including both FeO-poor and FeO-rich ones show average Δ17O values between -3‰ and -2‰, and 2 other FeO-poor barred olivine chondrules show average Δ17O values of -3.6‰ and 0‰. These results are similar to those for Acfer 094 chondrules, showing bimodal Δ17O values at -5‰ and -2‰. Nine porphyritic chondrules contain olivine grains with heterogeneous Δ17O values as low as -18‰, indicating that they are relict olivine grains and some of them were derived from precursors related to refractory inclusions. However, most relict olivine grains show oxygen isotope ratios that overlap with those in homogeneous chondrules. The Δ17O values of four barred olivine chondrules range from -5‰ to 0‰, indicating that not all BO chondrules plot near the terrestrial fractionation line as suggested by previous bulk chondrule analyses. Based on these data, we suggest the presence of multiple oxygen isotope reservoirs in local dust-rich protoplanetary disk, from which the CV3 parent asteroid formed. A compilation of 225 olivine and low-Ca pyroxene isotopic data from 36 chondrules analyzed in the present study lie between carbonaceous chondrite anhydrous mineral (CCAM) and Young and Russell lines. These data define a correlation line of δ17O=(0.982±0.019)×δ18O-(2.91±0.10), which is similar to those defined by chondrules in CV3 chondrites and Acfer 094 in previous studies. Plagioclase analyses in two chondrules plot slightly below the CCAM line with Δ17O values of -2.6‰, which might be the result of oxygen isotope exchange between chondrule mesostasis and aqueous fluid in the CV parent body.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7596-7611
Number of pages16
JournalGeochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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