Poorly characterized phases (PCP's) constitute up to 30 volume percent of some CM carbonaceous chondrites, and are therefore an important key to an understanding of the physico-chemical conditions attending matrix evolution. An iron rich form of the terrestrial phase tochilinite was recently identified as a common type of PCP. Tochilinite has the general formula 6Fe(0.9)S.5(Mg,Fe)(OH)2 and consists of alternating machinawite (FeS) and brucite ((Mg,Fe)(OH)2) sheets, with iron vacancies in the sulfide sheets. In iron rich tochilinite, ferrous hydroxide, called amakinite, replaces brucite. If CM carbonaceous kchondrites have underdone hydrothermal alteration, iron rich tochilinite, at least, probably grew from aqueous solutions characterized by low FO2, high FS2, pH 10 to 12, and at a temperature at or below 170 C.
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Lunar and Planetary Institute The 47th Ann. Meteoritical Soc. Meeting; 1 p