The partitioning behavior of Pb in the three-phase system metal-troilite-sulfide liquid was investigated. Microscopic examination and electron microprobe analysis of a polished section showed three phases--Fe metal, troilite and an Fe-S-Pb-O metallic liquid. The Pb concentration of the metallic liquid was 1.4 wt.%; the Pb contents of both the troilite and the Fe metal were below the detection limit of the electron probe. To better define the Pb concentrations of the solid phases, the same sample was analyzed for Pb and Fe using the M.I.T., Harvard and Brown ion microprobe. Even at this level of precision, some conclusions and speculations are possible: (1) The D(Pb) (troilite/metallic liquid) is low (.01 to .001) and, contrary to expectation, troilite, like metal, excludes Pb very effectively during the crystallization of metallic liquids; (2) Pb in iron meteorites is conceivably concentrated in trace phases which are less susceptible to contamination than metal and troilite; and (3) taken at face value D(Pb)(metal/troilite) is 0.1, but given the Pb and Fe ion yields from simple endmember phases (Fe, FeS, Pb, PbS), this D is more likely to be 0.05 to 0.03.
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Lunar and Planetary Institute The 47th Ann. Meteoritical Soc. Meeting; 1 p