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Just Published Articles

  1. The key role of global solid-Earth processes in preconditioning Greenland's glaciation since the Pliocene

    Bernhard Steinberger, Wim Spakman, Peter Japsen and Trond H. Torsvik

    Accepted manuscript online: 18 NOV 2014 02:35AM EST | DOI: 10.1111/ter.12133

  2. Flume tank study of surface morphology and stratigraphy of a fan delta

    Junhui Wang, Zaixing Jiang, Yuanfu Zhang, Liming Gao, Haiying Zhang, Yu Liang, Wenzhao Zhang and Xiaojie Wei

    Accepted manuscript online: 13 NOV 2014 08:09AM EST | DOI: 10.1111/ter.12131

  3. Inside the Magma Chamber of a Dying Ridge Segment in the Oman Ophiolite

    Adolphe Nicolas and Françoise Boudier

    Accepted manuscript online: 10 NOV 2014 10:12AM EST | DOI: 10.1111/ter.12130

  4. Copper isotope fractionation in the Meiduk porphyry copper deposit, Northwest of Kerman Cenozoic magmatic arc, Iran

    Sina Asadi, Ryan Mathur, Farid Moore and Alireza Zarasvandi

    Accepted manuscript online: 28 OCT 2014 03:23AM EST | DOI: 10.1111/ter.12128


Latest Research from the Sudbury impact crater:

The Sudbury Basin is one of the largest preserved impact structures on Earth. In a new study, Petrus et al. revisited the crater fill and impact melt to conduct geochemical analyses of the iron-loving (siderophile) elements, as well as to model the impact. The total concentration of siderophile elements – in tandem with their spatial distribution within the crater fill – strongly suggest that the impacting projectile must have been almost completely vaporised on impact. This hypothesis is also consistent with measured concentrations of these elements in material ejected far from the crater. Critically, models that generate a crater as large as the Sudbury Basin with a meteoritic projectile as the culprit only predict partial vaporisation, which is hard to support because such a hypothesis would require significantly higher concentrations of siderophile elements to be present in the impact melt. The findings instead favour a comet as the projectile on account of its higher velocity, lower shock vaporisation pressure than asteroids, and lower siderophile element contents. The study by Petrus et al. provides further evidence that some very large terrestrial impact basins were created by comets. This possibility is important in the context of the early bombardment of our inner Solar System, during which comets may have brought volatile elements to the young Earth.

Read the full article:
On the track of the elusive Sudbury impact: geochemical evidence for a chondrite or comet bolide.
Joseph A. Petrus, Doreen E. Ames and Balz S. Kamber

[DOI 10.1111/ter.12125]

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