Farmington Meteorite: Cristobalite Xenoliths and Blackening

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Science  02 Jun 1967:
Vol. 156, Issue 3779, pp. 1222-1226
DOI: 10.1126/science.156.3779.1222


The Farmington chondrite contains two small xenoliths of granular cristobalite, each surrounded by a thin reaction rim of diopsidic clinopyroxene. Similarities between the blackened structure and drusy cavities, characteristic of this meteorite, and those of an experimentally heat-treated chondrite suggest that Farmington was reheated rather than shocked, but neither the exact stage in the history of this stone at which reaction rims developed around the xenoliths nor the source of the calcium necessary to form rim diopside have been established with certainty.