LIME silicates in amoeboid olivine aggregates in carbonaceous chondrites: Indicator of nebular and asteroidal processes

Komatsu, M., Fagan, T. J., Mikouchi, T., Petaev, M. I. and Zolensky, M. E.

Meteoritics & Planetary Science. doi: 10.1111/maps.12460


MnO/FeO ratios in olivine from amoeboid olivine aggregates (AOAs) reflect conditions of nebular condensation and can be used in concert with matrix textures to compare metamorphic conditions in carbonaceous chondrites. LIME (low-iron, Mn-enriched) olivine was identified in AOAs from Y-81020 (CO3.05), Kaba (CV~3.1), and in Y-86009 (CV3), Y-86751 (CV3), NWA 1152 (CR/CV3), but was not identified in AOAs from Efremovka (CV3.1–3.4) or Allende (CV>3.6). According to thermodynamic models of nebular condensation, LIME olivine is stable at lower temperatures than Mn-poor olivine and at low oxygen fugacities (dust enrichment <10× solar). Although this set of samples does not represent a single metamorphic sequence, the higher subtypes tend to have AOA olivine with lower Mn/Fe, suggesting that Mn/Fe decreases during parent body metamorphism. Y-81020 has the lowest subtype and most forsteritic AOA olivine (Fo>95) in our study, whereas Efremovka AOAs are slightly Fe-rich (Fo>92). AOA olivines from Kaba are mostly forsteritic, but rare Fe-rich olivine precipitated from an aqueous fluid. A combination of precipitation of Fe-rich olivine and diffusion of Fe into primary olivine grains resulted in iron-rich compositions (Fo97–59) in Allende AOAs. Variations from fine-grained, nonporous matrix toward higher porosity and coarser lath-like matrix olivine can be divided into six stages represented by (1) Y-81020, Efremovka, NWA 1152; (2) Y-86751 lithology B; (3) Y-86009; (4) Kaba; (5) Y-86751 lithology A; (6) Allende. These stages are inferred to represent general degree of metamorphism, although the specific roles of thermally driven grain growth and diffusion versus aqueous dissolution and precipitation remain uncertain.