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Cohenite in meteorites: A proposed origin

January 1, 1966

Cohenite [(Fe, Ni)3C] is found almost exclusively in meteorites containing from 6 to 8 percent nickel (by weight). On the basis of iron-nickel-carbon phase diagrams at 1 atmosphere and of kinetic data, the occurrence of cohenite within this narrow composition range as a low-pressure metastable phase and the nonoccurrence of cohenite in meteorites outside the range 6 to 8 percent nickel can be explained. Cohenite formed in meteorites containing less than 6 to 8 percent nickel decomposed to metal and graphite during cooling; it cannot form in meteorites containing more than about 8 percent. The presence of cohenite in meteorites cannot be used as an indicator of pressure of formation. However, the absence of cohenite in meteorites containing the assemblage, metal plus graphite, requires low pressures during cooling.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1966
Title Cohenite in meteorites: A proposed origin
Authors R. Brett
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Science
Index ID 70010711
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse