Absence of matrix-like chondrule rims in CR2 LAP 02342

Authors

  • John T. Wasson,

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    1. Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
    2. Departments of Earth and Space Sciences and Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
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  • Alan E. Rubin

    1. Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Abstract

In numerous past papers, it was concluded that the fine (<1 μm) matrix immediately adjacent to, and radially symmetric around, chondrules in primitive chondrites consists of compact (low-porosity) rims that were attached in the solar nebula. We present here textural and compositional evidence that no matrix-like (or accretionary) rims around chondrules are present in the well-preserved CR2 chondrite LAP 02342. Fine-grained matrix-rich regions (i.e., candidate “rims”) at the edges of chondrules were studied with an electron-microprobe-based matrix-grid technique; comparison of the “rims” data for matrix regions near these chondrules showed the candidate “rims” to be compositionally heterogeneous, inconsistent with origins as radially symmetric, matrix-like rims formed by gradual accretion. This evidence (together with simulations and laboratory studies indicating that accretionary processes produced highly porous aggregates) strongly suggests that nebular processes did not produce compact matrix-like rims around chondrules in any chondrite group.

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