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author = {Bland, PA and Collins, GS and Davison, TM and Abreu, NM and Ciesla, FJ and Muxworthy, AR and Moore, J},
doi = {10.1038/ncomms6451},
journal = {Nature Communications},
pages = {1--13},
title = {Pressure-temperature evolution of primordial solar system solids during impact-induced compaction},
url = {},
volume = {5},
year = {2014}

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AB - Prior to becoming chondritic meteorites, primordial solids were a poorly consolidated mix of mm-scale igneous inclusions (chondrules) and high-porosity sub-μm dust (matrix). We used high-resolution numerical simulations to track the effect of impact-induced compaction on these materials. Here we show that impact velocities as low as 1.5 km s−1 were capable of heating the matrix to >1,000 K, with pressure–temperature varying by >10 GPa and >1,000 K over ~100 μm. Chondrules were unaffected, acting as heat-sinks: matrix temperature excursions were brief. As impact-induced compaction was a primary and ubiquitous process, our new understanding of its effects requires that key aspects of the chondrite record be re-evaluated: palaeomagnetism, petrography and variability in shock level across meteorite groups. Our data suggest a lithification mechanism for meteorites, and provide a ‘speed limit’ constraint on major compressive impacts that is inconsistent with recent models of solar system orbital architecture that require an early, rapid phase of main-belt collisional evolution.
AU - Bland,PA
AU - Collins,GS
AU - Davison,TM
AU - Abreu,NM
AU - Ciesla,FJ
AU - Muxworthy,AR
AU - Moore,J
DO - 10.1038/ncomms6451
EP - 13
PY - 2014///
SN - 2041-1723
SP - 1
TI - Pressure-temperature evolution of primordial solar system solids during impact-induced compaction
T2 - Nature Communications
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VL - 5
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