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Mn−Cr ages of Fe-rich olivine in two Rumuruti (R) chondrites

Earth, Planets and Space200658:BF03351966

Received: 27 October 2005

Accepted: 28 February 2006

Published: 12 May 2006


Mn−Cr systematics in olivine of two Rumuruti (R) chondrites was investigated. Mn/52Cr ratios up to 1800 and 1300, and δ53Cr of up to 25‰ and 7‰ were observed for NWA 753 and Sahara 99531, respectively. All data points of NWA 753 show a linear correlation between δ53Cr values and Mn/52Cr ratios on the isochron diagram. The inferred initial 53Mn/55Mn ratio for NWA 753 is (1.84 ± 0.42(2σ)) × 10−6. In the case of Sahara 99531, a positive correlation interpreted as an isochron for 53Mn/55Mn = 2.75 ± 1.55(2σ) × 10−6 was obtained for only one chondrule. Data from other chondrules in Sahara 99531 give an upper limit of 53Mn/55Mn = 0.49 × 10−6. The Mn−Cr ages of NWA 753 and a chondrule in Sahara 99531 are slightly older than that of the angrite LEW 86010 (Lugmair and Shukolyukov, 1998). Other chondrules in Sahara 99531 are at least 5 Ma younger than the LEW 86010. The Mn-Cr ages of olivine in R chondrites correspond to the time when olivine became a closed system either during slow cooling from the peak metamorphic temperature or during rapid cooling by impact excavation. In either case the olivine closure occurred earlier than the final assembly of the brecciated chondrites.

Key words

Age chondrites olivine Mn Cr