The Winchcombe meteorite, a unique and pristine witness from the outer solar system

King, A. J. et al. (2022) The Winchcombe meteorite, a unique and pristine witness from the outer solar system. Science Advances, 8(46), eabq3925. (doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abq3925) (PMID:36383648) (PMCID:PMC9668287)

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Direct links between carbonaceous chondrites and their parent bodies in the solar system are rare. The Winchcombe meteorite is the most accurately recorded carbonaceous chondrite fall. Its pre-atmospheric orbit and cosmic-ray exposure age confirm that it arrived on Earth shortly after ejection from a primitive asteroid. Recovered only hours after falling, the composition of the Winchcombe meteorite is largely unmodified by the terrestrial environment. It contains abundant hydrated silicates formed during fluid-rock reactions, and carbon- and nitrogen-bearing organic matter including soluble protein amino acids. The near-pristine hydrogen isotopic composition of the Winchcombe meteorite is comparable to the terrestrial hydrosphere, providing further evidence that volatile-rich carbonaceous asteroids played an important role in the origin of Earth’s water.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pickersgill, Dr Annemarie and Boyce, Professor Adrian and Smith, Dr Caroline and Hallis, Dr Lydia and Cresswell, Dr Alan and Lee, Professor Martin and Sanderson, Professor David and Gyore, Dr Domokos and Daly, Dr Luke and Martin, Pierre-Etienne and Di Nicola, Dr Luigia and O'Brien, Ms Aine and Jenkins, Miss Laura and Stuart, Professor Fin and Floyd, Cameron
Authors: King, A. J., Daly, L., Rowe, J., Joy, K. H., Greenwood, R. C., Devillepoix, H. A. R., Suttle, M. D., Chan, Q. H. S., Russell, S. S., Bates, H. C., Bryson, J. F. J., Clay, P. L., Vida, D., Lee, M. R., O'Brien, Á., Hallis, L. J., Stephen, N. R., Tartèse, R., Sansom, E. K., Towner, M. C., Cupak, M., Shober, P. M., Bland, P. A., Findlay, R., Franchi, I. A., Verchovsky, A. B., Abernethy, F. A. J., Grady, M. M., Floyd, C. J., Van Ginneken, M., Bridges, J., Hicks, L. J., Jones, R. H., Mitchell, J. T., Genge, M. J., Jenkins, L., Martin, P.-E., Sephton, M. A., Watson, J. S., Salge, T., Shirley, K. A., Curtis, R. J., Warren, T. J., Bowles, N. E., Stuart, F. M., Di Nicola, L., Györe, D., Boyce, A. J., Shaw, K. M. M., Elliott, T., Steele, R. C. J., Povinec, P., Laubenstein, M., Sanderson, D., Cresswell, A., Jull, A. J. T., Sýkora, I., Sridhar, S., Harrison, R. J., Willcocks, F. M., Harrison, C. S., Hallatt, D., Wozniakiewicz, P. J., Burchell, M. J., Alesbrook, L. S., Dignam, A., Almeida, N. V., Smith, C. L., Clark, B., Humphreys-Williams, E. R., Schofield, P. F., Cornwell, L. T., Spathis, V., Morgan, G. H., Perkins, M. J., Kacerek, R., Campbell-Burns, P., Colas, F., Zanda, B., Vernazza, P., Bouley, S., Jeanne, S., Hankey, M., Collins, G. S., Young, J. S., Shaw, C., Horak, J., Jones, D., James, N., Bosley, S., Shuttleworth, A., Dickinson, P., McMullan, I., Robson, D., Smedley, A. R. D., Stanley, B., Bassom, R., McIntyre, M., Suttle, A. A., Fleet, R., Bastiaens, L., Ihász, M. B., McMullan, S., Boazman, S. J., Dickeson, Z. I., Grindrod, P. M., Pickersgill, A. E., Weir, C. J., Suttle, F. M., Farrelly, S., Spencer, I., Naqvi, S., Mayne, B., Skilton, D., Kirk, D., Mounsey, A., Mounsey, S. E., Mounsey, S., Godfrey, P., Bond, L., Bond, V., Wilcock, C., Wilcock, H., and Wilcock, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Science Advances
Publisher:American Association for the Advancement of Science
ISSN (Online):2375-2548
Published Online:16 November 2022
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First Published:First published in Science Advances 8(46): eabq3925
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