Collisional mixing between inner and outer solar system planetesimals inferred from the Nedagolla iron meteoriteOPEN ACCESS 

Fridolin Spitzer, Christoph Burkhardt, Jonas Pape, Thorsten Kleine

Accepted for publication in Meteoritics & Planetary Science


“The ungrouped iron meteorite Nedagolla is the first meteorite with bulk Mo, Ru, and Ni isotopic compositions that are intermediate between those of the non-carbonaceous (NC) and carbonaceous (CC) meteorite reservoirs. The Hf-W chronology of Nedagolla indicates that this mixed NC-CC isotopic composition was established relatively late, more than 7 million years after Solar System formation. The mixed NC-CC isotopic composition is consistent with the chemical composition of Nedagolla, which combines signatures of metal segregation under more oxidizing conditions (relative depletions in Mo and W), characteristic for CC bodies, and more reducing conditions (high Si and Cr contents), characteristic for some NC bodies, in a single sample. These data combined suggest that Nedagolla formed as the result of collisional mixing of NC and CC core material, which partially re-equilibrated with silicate mantle material that predominantly derives from the NC body. These mixing processes might have occurred during a hit-and-run collision between two differentiated bodies, which also provides a possible pathway for Nedagolla’s extreme volatile element depletion. As such, Nedagolla provides the first isotopic evidence for early collisional mixing of NC and CC bodies that is expected as a result of Jupiter’s growth. “