Protracted core formation and rapid accretion of protoplanets

T. S. Kruijer, M. Touboul, M. Fischer-Gödde, K. R. Bermingham, R. J. Walker, T. Kleine

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Understanding core formation in meteorite parent bodies is critical for constraining the fundamental processes of protoplanet accretion and differentiation within the solar protoplanetary disk.We report variations of 5 to 20 parts per million in 182W, resulting from the decay of now-extinct 182Hf, among five magmatic iron meteorite groups. These 182W variations indicate that core formation occurred over an interval of ∼1 million years and may have involved an early segregation of Fe-FeS and a later segregation of Fe melts. Despite this protracted interval of core formation, the iron meteorite parent bodies probably accreted concurrently ∼0.1 to 0.3 million years after the formation of Ca-Al-rich inclusions. Variations in volatile contents among these bodies, therefore, did not result from accretion at different times from an incompletely condensed solar nebula but must reflect local processes within the nebula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1150-1154
Number of pages5
Issue number6188
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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