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Numerical models of the thermomechanical evolution of planetesimals: Application to the acapulcoite-lodranite parent body

Abstract : The acapulcoite-lodranite meteorites are members of the primitive achondrite class. The observation of partial melting and resulting partial removal of Fe-FeS indicates that this meteorite group could be an important link between achondrite and iron meteorites, on the one hand, and chondrite meteorites, on the other. Thus, a better understanding of the thermomechanical evolution of the parent body of this meteorite group can help improve our understanding of the evolution of early planetesimals. Here, we use 2-D and 3-D finite-difference numerical models to determine the formation time, initial radius of the parent body of the acapulcoite-lodranite meteorites, and their formation depth inside the body by applying available geochronological, thermal, and textural constraints to our numerical data. Our results indicate that the best fit to the data can be obtained for a parent body with 25-65 km radius, which formed around 1.3 Ma after calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions. The 2-D and 3-D results considering various initial temperatures and the effect of porosity indicate possible formation depths of the acapulcoite-lodranite meteorites of 9-19 and 14-25 km, respectively. Our data also suggest that other meteorite classes could form at different depths inside the same parent body, supporting recently proposed models (Elkins-Tanton et al. 2011; Weiss and Elkins-Tanton 2013).
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Gregor J. Golabek, Bernard Bourdon, Taras V. Gerya. Numerical models of the thermomechanical evolution of planetesimals: Application to the acapulcoite-lodranite parent body. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, Wiley, 2014, 49 (6), pp.1083--1099. ⟨10.1111/maps.12302⟩. ⟨hal-02351070⟩

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