A Meteoritic Component Rich in Volatile Elements: Its Characterization and Implications

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Science  04 Jan 1980:
Vol. 207, Issue 4426, pp. 57-59
DOI: 10.1126/science.207.4426.57


An unusual carbon-rich material found in the Abee meteorite is highly enriched in volatile elements, by factors of 104 relative to the case for nonvolatile elements. Volatile-rich material of this type might form in the solar nebula toward the end of accretion, when small amounts of residual dust acquire all the uncondensed volatile elements. The mercury enrichment factor of 8500 could explain the paradox of the excess abundance of this element in meteorites.