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Organic chemistry of carbonaceous meteorites

Zita Martins
Organic chemistry of carbonaceous meteorites
Elements (February 2011) 7 (1): 35-40


The early Solar System contained a wide range of abiotic organic compounds. As the Solar System evolved, these organic molecules were incorporated into planetesimals and eventually planetary bodies, such as the parent bodies of meteorites. One particular class of meteorites, the carbonaceous meteorites, contains a large variety of extraterrestrial organic compounds. These compounds represent a record of the chemical reactions and conditions in the early Solar System. Different formation mechanisms and sources (interstellar, nebular or parent body) contributed to the inventory of meteoritic organic molecules. Their subsequent delivery to the early Earth may have contributed the first prebiotic building blocks of life.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 7
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Organic chemistry of carbonaceous meteorites
Author(s): Martins, Zita
Affiliation: Imperial College London, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, London, United Kingdom
Pages: 35-40
Published: 201102
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 34
Accession Number: 2011-028233
Categories: Petrology of meteorites and tektitesGeneral geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201116
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