Ca-, Al-Rich Inclusions in Two New Carbonaceous Chondrites from Grove Mountains, Antarctica

D. Dai, C. Zhou, X. Chen

Earth, Moon, and Planets (2015)


Two new carbonaceous chondrites, GRV 023155 and GRV 050179, collected from the Grove Mountains (GRV), Antarctica, have been classified as the oxidized CV3 and CM2 chondrites, respectively. A total of 9 Ca-, Al-rich inclusions (CAIs) were found in the two meteorites. Most of the inclusions are extensively altered, with phyllosilicates commonly found in the alteration assemblages of CAIs, chondrules and matrix in the GRV 050179 CM2 chondrites, suggesting that aqueous alteration occurred on the host meteorite parent body. In contrast, feldspathoids and hedenbergite were identified in the CAIs from GRV 023155. The FeO-rich phases in the CAIs from GRV 023155 indicate alteration of these CAIs happened under high oxygen fugacity. All 9 inclusions can be classified as Type A or spinel-pyroxene rich inclusions, and they probably represent a continuum of solar nebular condensation. The survey of Ca-, Al-rich inclusions in GRV 023155 (CV3) and 050179 (CM2) suggests that Type A and spinel-pyroxene inclusions are common in these two meteorites.