Mineralogy, petrology, and oxygen‐isotope compositions of magnetite ± fayalite assemblages in CO3, CV3, and LL3 chondrites

Alexander N. Krot, Patricia M. Doyle, Kazuhide Nagashima, Elena Dobrică, Michail I. Petaev

Meteoritics & Planetary Science
First Published: 20 October 2021


“We report on the mineralogy, petrology, and O-isotope compositions of magnetite and fayalite (Fa90−100) from several metasomatically altered and weakly metamorphosed carbonaceous (Y-81020 [CO3.05], EET 90043 [CO3.1], MAC 88107 [CO3.1-like], and Kaba [oxidized Bali-like CV3.1]) and unequilibrated ordinary chondrites (UOCs; Semarkona [LL3.00], MET 00452 [LL3.05], MET 96503 [LL3.05], EET 910161 [LL3.05], Ngawi [LL3.0−3.6 breccia], and Vicência [LL3.2]). In MAC 88107, EET 90043, and Kaba, nearly pure fayalite (Fa98−100) associates with phyllosilicates, magnetite, Fe,Ni-sulfides, and hedenbergite (Fs~50Wo~50), and occurs in all chondritic components—chondrules, matrices, and refractory inclusions. In UOCs, nearly pure fayalite (Fa95−98) associates with phyllosilicates and magnetite, and occurs mainly in matrices and fine-grained chondrule rims. Oxygen-isotope compositions of fayalite and magnetite in UOCs, COs, CVs, and MAC 88107 are in disequilibrium with those of chondrule olivine and low-Ca pyroxene phenocrysts, and plot along mass-dependent fractionation lines with slope of ~0.5, but different Δ17O (~+4.3 ± 1.4‰, −0.2 ± 0.6‰, −1.5 ± 1‰, and −1.8 ± 0.8‰, respectively). Based on the mineralogical observations, thermodynamic analysis, O-isotope compositions, and recently reported experimental data, we infer that (1) fayalite and magnetite in COs, CVs, MAC 88107, and UOCs resulted from aqueous fluid–rock interaction on the chondrite parent asteroids that occurred at low local water-to-rock mass ratios (0.1−0.4) and elevated temperatures (~100−300 °C), and (2) Δ17O of fayalite and magnetite reflects O-isotope compositions of aqueous fluids on the host meteorite parent bodies. The observed differences in Δ17O of fayalite–magnetite assemblages in UOCs, CVs, COs, and MAC 88107 suggest that water ices that accreted into the ordinary chondrite and carbonaceous chondrite parent asteroids had different Δ17O, implying spatial and/or temporal variations in O-isotope compositions of water in the protoplanetary disk.”