A Study of Some Iron Meteorites of the Gibeon Association

H. J. Axon and P. L. Smith
Metallurgy Department, University of Manchester

Summary: The macroscopic features of a number of Gibeon meteorites have been reviewed and selected specimens have been examined in more detail by metallographic, microprobe, and X-ray diffraction techniques.

A number of specimens appear to have been reheated by man and in these cases reheating temperatures are indicated. Specimens that show no signs of artificial reheating are discussed in relation to the form, distribution, and structure of the kamacite, daubréelite, and troilite. X-ray examination of the kamacite reveals partly annealed shock damage. Small monomineralic inclusions of daubréelite appear to be concentrated in the non-octahedral kamacite and show no signs of alteration By contrast all the troilite has been remelted and has dissolved contiguous plessite and daubréelite. The remelting of troilite appears to have been induced by shock at temperatures below about 450°C.

Mineralogical Magazine; December 1970 v. 37; no. 292; p. 888-897; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1970.037.292.03
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