Suizhou Meteorite: Mineralogy and Shock Metamorphism

  • Xiande Xie
  • Ming Chen

Part of the Springer Geochemistry/Mineralogy book series (SPRINGERGEOCHEM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Xiande Xie, Ming Chen
    Pages 1-20
  3. Xiande Xie, Ming Chen
    Pages 21-34
  4. Xiande Xie, Ming Chen
    Pages 35-99
  5. Xiande Xie, Ming Chen
    Pages 117-210
  6. Xiande Xie, Ming Chen
    Pages 211-223
  7. Xiande Xie, Ming Chen
    Pages 225-230
  8. Xiande Xie, Ming Chen
    Pages 231-255
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 257-258

About this book


This book introduces the unusual shock-related mineralogical features of the shocked Suizhou L6 (S5) meteorite. The olivine and pyroxene in Suizhou display a mosaic shock feature, while most of plagioclase grains have transformed to glassy maskelynite. A few of the shock-induced melt veins in the meteorite are the simplest, straightest and thinnest ones among all shock-vein-bearing meteorites, and contain the most abundant high-pressure mineral species. Among the 11 identified species, tuite, xieite, and the post-spinel CF-phase of chromite are new minerals. The meteorite experienced a peak shock pressure up to 24 GPa and temperatures of up to 1000° C. Locally developed shock veins were formed at the same pressure, but at an elevated temperature of about 2000° C that was produced by localized shear-friction stress. The rapid cooling of the extremely thin shock veins is the main reason why 11 shock-induced high-pressure mineral phases could be preserved in them so well. This book offers a helpful guide for meteoritics researchers and mineralogists and invaluable resource for specialists working in high-pressure and high-temperature mineralophysics.


Akimotoite High-pressure Minerals Lingunite Magnesiowüstite Majorite Melt Vein Meteorite Mineralogy Ringwoodite Shock Metamorphism Tuite Xieite

Authors and affiliations

  • Xiande Xie
    • 1
  • Ming Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Guangzhou Institute of GeochemistryChinese Academy of SciencesGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Guangzhou Institute of GeochemistryChinese Academy of SciencesGuangzhouChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg and Guangdong Science & Technology Press Co., Ltd. 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-48477-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-48479-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2194-3176
  • Series Online ISSN 2194-3184
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