Nitrogen in stone meteorites and terrestrial standards

Murty, S. V. S. ; Shukla, P. N. ; Goel, P. S. (1983) Nitrogen in stone meteorites and terrestrial standards Geochemical Journal, 17 . pp. 165-183. ISSN 0016-7002

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Nitrogen contents have been determined by neutron activation method in stone meteorites and silicate standards. Leaching and sieving experiments on standards indicate that contamination from atmospheric nitrogen is negligible. For BCR-1 nitrogen contents show a range from 15 to 62ppm. The study includes 32 chondrites belonging to various classes and six achondrites. Nitrogen is high in C1 and C2 chondrites (500 to 1,000ppm) and in E chondrites (100 - 500ppm). C3 group shows variable amounts of nitrogen. Ordinary chondrites have similar nitrogen contents (~30pm) irrespective of their petrologic group. For all classes of meteorites, chondrules have lower nitrogen compared to the matrix. Dark phases of some gas- rich meteorites are enriched in nitrogen as compared to their light counterparts. Non-magnetic portions have slightly excess N compared to the magnetic portions. Correlation of N with C, In, Bi, Tl, Zn and Cd indicates the presence of two host phases for N.

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