Jadeite formation in shocked ordinary chondrites

Masaaki Miyahara, Shin Ozawa, Eiji Ohtani, Makoto Kimura, Tomoaki Kubo, Takeshi Sakai, Toshiro Nagase, Masahiko Nishijima, Naohisa Hirao

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Albitic feldspar in shocked ordinary chondrites (Yamato 791384 L6 and Yamato 75100 H6) and albite recovered from static high-pressure and high-temperature synthetic experiments (Kubo et al., 2010) were investigated with a transmission electron microscope (TEM) subsequent to a conventional micro-Raman spectroscopy analysis to clarify albite dissociation reaction under high-pressure and high-temperature condition. When jadeite forms from albite, SiO2 phase as a residual phase of albite dissociation reaction should accompany jadeite from the stoichiometry. However, albitic feldspar in and adjacent to shock-melt veins of the shocked chondrites dissociates into jadeite+residual amorphous (or poorly-crystallized) material having varied chemical compositions between jadeite and SiO2 phase. TEM observations of albitic feldspar in the shocked chondrites and albite recovered from the static high-pressure and high-temperature synthetic experiments show that jadeite crystallization is initiated by grain refinement of albite (or albitic feldspar). Nucleation occurs along grain-boundaries or at triple-junctions of the fine-grained albite crystal assemblage. Jadeite crystal starts to grow from the nucleus through grain-boundary diffusion. Considering pressure condition recorded in the shock-melt veins of the shocked chondrites, stishovite is the most likely as a residual SiO2 phase accompanying jadeite. High-pressure and high-temperature condition induced by a dynamic event is very short. Stishovite would be hardy formed through a dynamic event due to sluggish nucleation rate of stishovite compared with that of jadeite, thus leading to induce heterogeneous and incomplete albite dissociation reaction; albite dissociates into jadeite+residual amorphous material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-108
Number of pages7
JournalEarth and Planetary Science Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jul 1


  • Albite
  • Dissociation
  • FIB
  • Jadeite
  • Shocked meteorite
  • TEM


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