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Dating the oldest rocks and minerals in the Solar System

Yuri Amelin and Trevor R. Ireland
Dating the oldest rocks and minerals in the Solar System (in One hundred yeras of geochronology, Daniel J. Condon (editor) and Mark D. Schmitz (editor))
Elements (February 2013) 9 (1): 39-44


Meteorites originating from asteroids are the oldest-known rocks in the Solar System, and many predate formation of the planets. Refractory inclusions in primitive chondrites are the oldest-known materials, and chondrules are generally a few million years younger. Igneous achondrites and iron meteorites also formed in the first five million years of the protoplanetary disk and escaped accretion into planets. Isotopic dates from these meteorites serve as time markers for the Solar System's earliest history. Because of the unique environments in the protoplanetary disk, dating the earliest meteorites has its own opportunities and challenges, different from those of terrestrial geochronology.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 9
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Dating the oldest rocks and minerals in the Solar System
Title: One hundred yeras of geochronology
Author(s): Amelin, YuriIreland, Trevor R.
Author(s): Condon, Daniel J.editor
Author(s): Schmitz, Mark D.editor
Affiliation: Australian National University, Research School of Earth Sciences, Canberra, A.C.T., Australia
Pages: 39-44
Published: 201302
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: 30
Accession Number: 2013-030756
Categories: Petrology of meteorites and tektitesGeochronology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
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: 201319
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