Meteoritics & Planetary Science is an international monthly journal of the Meteoritical Society—a scholarly organization promoting research and education in planetary science. Topics include the origin and history of the solar system, planets and natural satellites, interplanetary dust and interstellar medium, lunar samples, meteors and meteorites, asteroids, comets, craters, and tektites.

Meteoritics & Planetary Science was first published in 1935 under the title Contributions of the Society for Research on Meteorites. In 1947, the publication became known as Contributions of the Meteoritical Society and continued through 1951. From 1953 to 1995, the publication was known as Meteoritics, and in 1996, the journal's name was changed to Meteoritics & Planetary Science or MAPS. The journal was not published in 1952 and from 1957 to 1964.

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Recent Submissions

  • Announcement: Biological Processes in Impact Craters

    Zolensky, Michael (The Meteoritical Society, 2006-01-01)
  • Chemical analyses of meteorites at the Smithsonian Institution: An update

    Jarosewich, Eugene (The Meteoritical Society, 2006-01-01)
    Thirteen new meteorites and three meteorite inclusions have been analyzed. Their results have been incorporated into earlier published data for a comprehensive reference to all analyzed meteorites at the Smithsonian Institution. The six tables facilitate a convenient overlook of meteorite data. Table 1 presents an alphabetical list of analyzed meteorites, Table 2 chemical analyses of stony meteorites, Table 3 chemical analyses of iron meteorites, Table 4 elemental composition of stony meteorites, Table 5 average composition of carbonaceous chondrites and achondrites (falls and finds), and Table 6 presents average composition of H, L, LL, and Antarctic chondrites (falls and finds). The tables are available online at the journal's Web site http://meteoritics.org
  • The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 90, 2006 September

    Connolly, Harold C.; Zipfel, Jutta; Grossman, Jeffrey N.; Folco, Luigi; Smith, Caroline; Jones, Rhian H.; Righter, Kevin; Zolensky, Michael; Russell, Sara S.; Benedix, Gretchen K.; et al. (The Meteoritical Society, 2006-01-01)
  • Chondrule collisions in shock waves

    Ciesla, F. J. (The Meteoritical Society, 2006-01-01)
    Detailed numerical models have shown that solar nebula shock waves would be able to thermally process chondrules in a way that is consistent with experimental constraints. However, it has recently been argued that the high relative velocities that would be generated between chondrules of different sizes immediately behind the shock front would lead to energetic collisions that would destroy the chondrules as they were processed rather than preserving them for incorporation into meteorite parent bodies. Here the outcome of these collisions is quantitatively explored using a simple analytic expression for the viscous dissipation of collisional energy in a liquid layer. It is shown that molten chondrules can survive collisions at velocities as high as a few hundred meters per second. It is also shown that the thermal evolution of chondrules in a given shock wave varies with chondrule size, which may allow chondrules of different textures to form in a given shock wave. While experiments are needed to further constrain the parameters used in this work, these calculations show that the expected outcomes from collisions behind shock waves are consistent with what is observed in meteorites.
  • Major and trace element compositions of melt particles and associated phases from the Yaxcopoil-1 drill core, Chicxulub impact structure, Mexico

    Tuchscherer, Martin G.; Reimold, W. Uwe; Gibson, Roger L.; de Bruin, Deon; Späth, Andreas (The Meteoritical Society, 2006-01-01)
    Melt particles found at various depths in impactites from the Yaxcopoil-1 borehole into the Chicxulub impact structure (Yucatán) have been analyzed for their major and trace element abundances. A total of 176 electron microprobe and 45 LA-ICP-MS analyses from eight different melt particles were investigated. The main purpose of this work was to constrain the compositions of precursor materials and secondary alteration characteristics of these melt particles. Individual melt particles are highly heterogeneous, which makes compositional categorization extremely difficult. Melt particles from the uppermost part of the impactite sequence are Ca- and Na-depleted and show negative Ce anomalies, which is likely a result of seawater interaction. Various compositional groupings of melt particles are determined with ternary and binary element ratio plots involving major and trace elements. This helps distinguish the degree of alteration versus primary heterogeneity of melt phases. Comparison of the trace element ratios Sc/Zr, Y/Zr, Ba/Zr, Ba/Rb, and Sr/Rb with compositions of known target rocks provides some constraints on protolith compositions; however, the melt compositions analyzed exceed the known compositional diversity of possible target rocks. Normalized REE patterns are unique for each melt particle, likely reflecting precursor mineral or rock compositions. The various discrimination techniques indicate that the highly variable compositions are the products of melting of individual minerals or of mixtures of several minerals. Small, angular shards that are particularly abundant in units 2 and 3 represent rapidly quenched melts, whereas larger particles (>0.5 mm) that contain microlites and have fluidal, schlieric textures cooled over a protracted period. Angular, shard-like particles with microlites in unit 5 likely crystallized below the glass transition temperature or underwent fragmentation during or after deposition.
  • The beginning heights and light curves of high-altitude meteors

    Koten, Pavel; Spurný, Pavel; Borovička, Jiří; Evans, Stephen; Elliott, Andrew; Betlem, Hans; Štork, Rostislav; Jobse, Klaas (The Meteoritical Society, 2006-01-01)
    In this paper, we provide an overview of meteors with high beginning height. During the recent Leonid meteor storms, as well as within the regular double station video observations of other meteor showers, we recorded 164 meteors with a beginning height above 130 km. We found that beginning heights between 130 and 150 km are quite usual, especially for the Leonid meteor shower. Conversely, meteors with beginning heights above 160 km are very rare even among Leonids. From the meteor light curves, we are able to distinguish two different processes that govern radiation of the meteors at different altitudes. Light curves vary greatly above 130 km and exhibit sudden changes in meteor brightness. Sputtering from the meteoroid surface is the dominating process during this phase of the meteor luminous trajectory. Around 130 km, the process switches to ablation and the light curves become similar to the light curves of standard meteors. The sputtering model was successfully applied to explain the difference in the beginning heights of high-altitude Leonid and Perseid meteors. We show also that this process in connection with high altitude fragmentation could explain the anomalously high beginning heights of several relatively faint meteors.
  • Geological and geochemical data from the proposed Sirente crater field: New age dating and evidence for heating of target

    Ormö, Jens; Koeberl, Christian; Rossi, Angelo Pio; Komatsu, Goro (The Meteoritical Society, 2006-01-01)
    The proposed Sirente crater field consists of a slightly oblong main structure (main crater) 120 m in width and about 30 smaller structures (satellite craters), all in unconsolidated but stiff carbonate mud. Here we focus on the subsurface structure of the satellite craters and compare the Sirente field with known meteorite crater fields. We present a more complete outline of the crater field than previously reported, information on the subsurface morphology of a satellite crater (C8) 8 m in width, radiocarbon and thermoluminescence (TL) ages of material from this crater, and evidence for heated material in both crater C8 and the rim of the main crater. Crater C8 has a funnel shape terminating downwards, and evidence for soil injection from the surface to a depth of 9 m. The infill contained dispersed charcoal and small, irregular, porous fragments of heated clay with a calibrated age of B.P. 1712 (13C-corrected radiocarbon age: B.P. 1800 +/- 100) and a TL age of B.P. 1825 (calculated error +/- 274). Together with previous radiocarbon age (B.P. 1538) of the formation of the main crater (i.e., target surface below rim), a formation is suggested at the beginning of the first millennium A.D. Although projectile vaporization is not expected in Sirente-sized craters in this type of target material, we used geochemistry in an attempt to detect a meteoritic component. The results gave no unequivocal evidence of meteoritic material. Nevertheless, the outline of the crater field, evidence of heated material within the craters, and subsurface structure are comparable with known meteorite crater fields.
  • Determination of the Fe oxidation state of the Chassigny kaersutite: A microXANES spectroscopic study

    Monkawa, Akira; Mikouchi, Takashi; Koizumi, Eisuke; Sugiyama, Kazumasa; Miyamoto, Masamichi (The Meteoritical Society, 2006-01-01)
    In order to elucidate the formation of low-H kaersutites in Martian meteorites, the Fe3+/Sigma-Fe ratio of Chassigny kaersutites in magmatic inclusions was directly determined by the synchrotron microXANES analysis. XANES analysis for standard kaersutites with known Fe3+/Sigma-Fe ratios shows a linear relationship between centroid energy positions of XANES pre-edge spectra and the Fe3+/Sigma-Fe ratio. Based on the linear relationship, the Fe3+/Sigma-Fe ratio of Chassigny kaersutites is estimated to be about 0.05. The low Fe3+/Sigma-Fe ratio clearly suggests that low-H kaersutites in Chassigny are not likely to be formed by the oxidation-dehydrogenation reactions. The low-H content of the Chassigny kaersutites is mainly due to the presence of a Ti oxy-component.
  • Molecular and isotopic indicators of alteration in CR chondrites

    Pearson, V. K.; Sephton, M. A.; Gilmour, I. (The Meteoritical Society, 2006-01-01)
    The CR group of carbonaceous chondrites may represent some of the most primitive extraterrestrial materials available for analysis. However, in contrast to other chondrite groups, the CR organic fraction is poorly characterized. The carbonaceous chondrite literature shows that relatively anhydrous thermal processing results in a condensed, poorly alkylated, O-poor macromolecular material, while for aqueous processing the converse is true. Such characteristics can be used to discern the alteration histories of the carbonaceous chondrites. We have performed bulk elemental and isotopic analysis and flash pyrolysis on four CR chondrites (Renazzo, Al Rais, Elephant Moraine [EET] 87770, and Yamato [Y-] 790112) to determine the nature of their organic component. Renazzo, Al Rais, and Y-790112 release qualitatively similar pyrolysis products, although there are some variations. Al Rais' macromolecular structure contains substantially higher relative abundances of alkylated and oxidized species and relatively lighter delta-15N, suggesting that it has endured more extensive aqueous processing than the other CR chondrites. Renazzo appears relatively unprocessed, with a low degree of alkylation, a lack of detectable nitrogen-bearing components, and low methylnaphthalene ratio. EET 87770's low abundance of alkylated species suggests its macromolecular structure may be relatively condensed, with condensation potentially assisted by a period of mild thermal alteration.
  • Experimental petrology of the basaltic shergottite Yamato-980459: Implications for the thermal structure of the Martian mantle

    Mussel White, Donald S.; Dalton, Heather A.; Kiefer, Walter S.; Treiman, Allan H. (The Meteoritical Society, 2006-01-01)
    The Martian meteorite Yamato (Y-) 980459 is an olivine-phyric shergottite. It has a very primitive character and may be a primary melt of the Martian mantle. We have conducted crystallization experiments on a synthetic Y-980459 composition at Martian upper mantle conditions in order to test the primary mantle melt hypothesis. Results of these experiments indicate that the cores of the olivine megacrysts in Y-980459 are in equilibrium with a melt of bulk rock composition, suggesting that these megacrysts are in fact phenocrysts that grew from a magma of the bulk rock composition. Multiple saturation of the melt with olivine and a low-calcium pyroxene occurs at approximately 12 +/- 0.5 kbar and 1540 +/- 10 degrees C, suggesting that the meteorite represents a primary melt that separated from its mantle source at a depth of ~100 km. Several lines of evidence suggest that the Y-980459 source underwent extensive melting prior to and/or during the magmatic event that produced the Y-980459 parent magma. When factored into convective models of the Martian interior, the high temperature indicated for the upper Martian mantle and possibly high melt fraction for the Y-980459 magmatic event suggests a significantly higher temperature at the core-mantle boundary than previously estimated.