Crystallization histories of the group IIF iron meteorites and Eagle Station pallasites

Connor D. Hilton, Richard D. Ash, Richard J. Walker

Meteoritics & Planetary Science
Version of Record online: 22 December 2020


“The group IIF iron meteorites and Eagle Station pallasites (PES) have highly siderophile element abundances (HSE; Re, Os, Ir, Ru, Pt, and Pd) of metal that are consistent with formation in planetesimal cores by fractional crystallization with minor to major solid metal–liquid metal mixing. Modeling of HSE abundances of the IIF irons indicates a complex formation history that included the mixing of primitive and evolved solid and liquid metals. By contrast, modeling of HSE abundances of PES metal suggests these meteorites formed mainly as equilibrium solids from a common liquid. Abundances of some of the siderophile elements in the IIF irons and PES are permissive of a common core origin; however, the abundances of W and Ni indicate the PES ultimately formed on a more oxidized body. The PES most likely formed by the injection of olivine present at the core–mantle boundary into a metallic core liquid as a result of impact. The core then crystallized inward, trapping the olivine.”