Rapid Methods of Determining Cooling Rates of Iron and Stony Iron Meteorites

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Science  07 Apr 1967:
Vol. 156, Issue 3771, pp. 59-61
DOI: 10.1126/science.156.3771.59


Two rapid and simple methods have been developed for determining the approximate cooling rates of iron and stony-iron meteorites in which kamacite formed by diffusion-controlled growth along planar fronts. The first method requires only measurements of the mean kamacite bandwidth and the bulk nickel content. The second method requires the determination of the nickel composition near the taenite-kamacite interface with an electron microprobe.