Gas-Rich Meteorites: Possible Evidence for Origin on a Regolith

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Science  11 Jan 1974:
Vol. 183, Issue 4120, pp. 73-74
DOI: 10.1126/science.183.4120.73


The asymmetry of irradiation features of grains in the Kapoeta and Fayetteville meteorites suggests irradiation on a regolith before meteorite formation. Chondrules and broken grains require approximately 104 years of irradiation time between formation or fracturing and compaction into the meteorite. Shock erasure of tracks from irradiated Kapoeta feldspars requires a severe shock event during or after meteorite formation.