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Oxygen Isotopic Abundances in Calcium- Aluminum-Rich Inclusions from Ordinary Chondrites: Implications for Nebular Heterogeneity

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Science  17 Apr 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5362, pp. 414-418
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5362.414

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Abstract

The oxygen isotopic compositions of two calcium-aluminum–rich inclusions (CAIs) from the unequilibrated ordinary chondrite meteorites Quinyambie and Semarkona are enriched in 16O by an amount similar to that in CAIs from carbonaceous chondrites. This may indicate that most CAIs formed in a restricted region of the solar nebula and were then unevenly distributed throughout the various chondrite accretion regions. The Semarkona CAI is isotopically homogeneous and contains highly 16O-enriched melilite, supporting the hypothesis that all CAI minerals were originally 16O-rich, but that in most carbonaceous chondrite inclusions some minerals exchanged oxygen isotopes with an external reservoir following crystallization.

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