Carbon Abundances in Chondritic Meteorites

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Science  16 Jul 1965:
Vol. 149, Issue 3681, pp. 317
DOI: 10.1126/science.149.3681.317


Combustion analyses of total carbon in chondritic meteorites indicate a fractionation of this element between the various types of chondrites. The median values for the percentage of carbon by weight are 0.40 for enstatite chondrites, 0.09 for olivine-bronzite chondrites, and 0.08 for olivine-hypersthene chondrites. Olivine-pigeonite chondrites show great variations in their carbon contents.