Calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions in enstatite chondrites (II): Oxygen isotopes

Timothy J. Fagan, Kevin D. McKeegan, Alexander N. Krot, Klaus Keil

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In situ ion microprobe analyses of spinel in refractory calcium-aluminium-rich inclusions (CAIs) from type 3 EH chondrites yield 16O-rich compositions (δ 18O and δ 17O about -40‰). Spinel and feldspar in a CAI from an EL3 chondrite have significantly heavier isotopic compositions (δ 18O and δ 17O about -5‰). A regression through the data results in a line with slope 1.0 on a three-isotope plot, similar to isotopic results from unaltered minerals in CAIs from carbonaceous chondrites. The existence of CAIs with 16O-rich and 16O-poor compositions in carbonaceous as well as enstatite chondrites indicates that CAIs formed in at least two temporally or spatially distinct oxygen reservoirs. General similarities in oxygen isotopic compositions of CAIs from enstatite, carbonaceous, and ordinary chondrites indicate a common nebular mechanism or locale for the production of most CAIs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-230
Number of pages8
JournalMeteoritics and Planetary Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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