Possible formation of meteoritic chondrules and inclusions in the precollapse Jovian protoplanetary atmosphere

M. Podolak*, A. G.W. Cameron

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Abstract

Most meteoritic chondrules and inclusions appear to have been liquid droplets at one time, or at least to have been close to the melting point so that they are easily deformed. The simplest mode of formation of such objects would be to have the liquid phases of the chondrules in thermodynamic equilibrium with gas in the primitive solar nebula, as suggested some years ago by Wood, but unfortunately pressures in the primitive solar nebula are orders of magnitude too small at temperatures in the range of the liquid mineral phases. This difficulty has led to an abandonment of this basic idea, but we suggest that the idea should be reexamined in view of the presence of higher pressures at moderate temperatures, together with water vapor enrichments, in the protoplanetary atmosphere of Jupiter prior to the collapse stage, which was recently studied by Perri and Cameron. A number of advantages arise from the complexities of such a model, and we discuss these together with a number of constraints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-333
Number of pages8
JournalIcarus
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1974
Externally publishedYes

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