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Title: 16O enrichments in aluminum‐rich chondrules from ordinary chondrites
Authors: S.S. Russell, G. MacPherson, L.A. Leshin, and K.D. McKeegan
Publication: Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., v. 184, iss. 1, p. 57‐74.
Publish Date: Dec 2000
DOI: 10.1016/S0012-821X(00)00309-5
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BibTEX Citation: Russell:2000.bib


The oxygen isotopic compositions of seven Al‐rich chondrules from four unequilibrated ordinary chondrites were measured in situ using an ion microprobe. On an oxygen three isotope plot, the data are continuous with the ordinary chondrite ferromagnesian chondrule field but extend it to more 16O−enriched values along a mixing line of SLOPE=0.83±0.09, with the lightest value recorded at δ18O=−15.7±1.8‰ and δ17O=−13.5±2.6‰. If Al−rich chondrules were mixtures of ferromagnesian chondrules and CAI material, their bulk chemical compositions would require them to exhibit larger 16O enrichments than we observe. Therefore, Al‐rich chondrules are not simple mixtures of these two components. Three chondrules exhibit significant internal isotopic heterogeneity indicative of partial exchange with a gaseous reservoir. Porphyritic Al‐rich chondrules are consistently 16O‐rich relative to nonporphyritic ones, suggesting that degree of melting is a key factor and pointing to a nebular setting for the isotopic exchange process. Because Al‐rich chondrules are closely related to ferromagnesian chondrules, their radiogenic Mg isotopic abundances can plausibly be applied to help constrain the timing or location of chondrule formation.