An Interplanetary Dust Particle Linked Directly to Type CM Meteorites and an Asteroidal Origin

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Science  01 Feb 1991:
Vol. 251, Issue 4993, pp. 549-552
DOI: 10.1126/science.251.4993.549


Tochilinite, an ordered mixed-layer mineral containing Mg, Al, Fe, Ni, S, and O, has been identified in an interplanetary dust particle (IDP). This mineral is found in only one other class of meteoritic materials, type CM carbonaceous chondrites. The presence of tochilinite in an IDP provides a direct petrogenetic link between a member of the layer-silicate subset of IDPs and a specific class of meteorites and thus establishes that some IDPs collected in the stratosphere have an asteroidal origin. The scarcity of this IDP type suggests that materials with CM mineralogy are not abundant among the dust-producing asteroids.

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