Accretion Rates of Meteorites and Cosmic Dust in the Early Ordovician

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Science  03 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5335, pp. 88-90
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5335.88

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Abundant fossil meteorites in marine, condensed Lower Ordovician limestones from Kinnekulle, Sweden, indicate that accretion rates of meteorites were one to two orders of magnitude higher during an interval of the Early Ordovician than at present. Osmium isotope and iridium analyses of whole-rock limestone indicate a coeval enhancement of one order of magnitude in the influx rate of cosmic dust. Enhanced accretion of cosmic matter may be related to the disruption of the L chondrite parent body around 500 million years ago.

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