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Impact melting of carbonates from the Chicxulub Crater

Jones, AP; (2000) Impact melting of carbonates from the Chicxulub Crater. In: Impacts and the Early Earth. (343 - 361). Springer: Berline/Heidelberg.

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Abstract

We have recently interpreted distinctive feathery-textured spinifex carbonate in the upper part of the Chicxulub suevite breccia as quenched carbonate melts (Jones et al. 1998); these distinctive fragments make up to 10 vol% of the breccia. Carbonate clasts and spherules occurring in the ejecta-rich basal part of the coarse clastic sequence, which marks the K/T boundary all around the Gulf of Mexico, may represent distal quenched droplets of carbonate liquids. In seeking to explain this widespread carbonate impact-melting ...

Type:Book chapter
Title:Impact melting of carbonates from the Chicxulub Crater
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Earth Sciences

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