Special Issue "Meteorites and Cosmic Mineralogy"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2016)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jesus Martinez-Frias

Instituto de Geociencias, IGEO (CSIC-UCM), C/ Del Doctor Severo Ochoa 7, Facultad de Medicina (Edificio Entrepabellones 7 y 8), 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Interests: planetary geology; astrobiology; natural resources of near earth space and sustainability; geo and biomarkers; extreme environments and planetary habitability; geodiversity and biodiversity; natural hazards and planetary ecosystems; mineralogy; geoethics in earth and space sciences; geoeducation; science and technology for development; emerging sciences, cultural implications; new paradigms
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hasnaa Chennaoui

Hassan II University of Casablanca, Faculty of Sciences Ain Chock, Geology Department, Km 8, Route d’El Jadida, BP 5366 Maarif 20190 Casablanca, Morocco
Interests: meteorites; impact cratering; planetary geology; Martian meteorites; high-pressure mineralogy in meteorites; petrography; mineralogy; geochemistry; geoheritage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last few decades, planetary and space exploration and scientific and technological developments have revitalized the study of Meteorites and Cosmic Mineralogy. This has also led to developing new conceptual models that have sound astromineralogical and cosmochemical basis. These studies (including those related to the high-pressure mineral assemblages in extraterrestrial material and associations related to asteroids impacts) are allowing having a better knowledge about the origin and evolution of our solar system, origin of water and life on Earth, asteroidal and planetary differentiation, the interpretation of planetary paleoenvironments, and also the identification of markers of habitability for the search for extraterrestrial life. Space material shows a great compositional variation. The new advances on some analytical techniques have also made possible to perform challenging physical-chemical characterizations of this material, establishing new ideas and lines of research from a multidisciplinary approach.

This Special Issue will focus on recent advances in Meteorites and Cosmic Mineralogy, including, but not limited to, the mineralogy of asteroids, moons, planets and dwarf planets, comets, IDPs and cosmic particles, methodology and instrumentation linked to these subjects, meteoritics, planetary geology, impact cratering, high pressure minerals, cosmochemistry, astrophysical studies, astrobiology, as well as societal, cultural, and museological aspects related to meteorites as a geoheritage. We, therefore, invite the authors to submit their manuscripts for this new Special Issue in all these areas, subjects, and topics.

Prof. Dr. Jesús Martínez-Frías
Prof. Dr. Hasnaa Chennaoui
Guest Editors

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  • meteorites
  • extraterrestrial minerals
  • high pressure minerals
  • planetary differentiation
  • IDPs
  • cosmic particles
  • asteroids
  • moons
  • planets
  • comets
  • impacts
  • impact cratering
  • water
  • carbonaceous matter
  • life

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Open AccessArticle Structural Characterization of Iron Meteorites through Neutron Tomography
Minerals 2016, 6(1), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/min6010014
Received: 13 January 2016 / Revised: 10 February 2016 / Accepted: 16 February 2016 / Published: 19 February 2016
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In this communication, we demonstrate the use of neutron tomography for the structural characterization of iron meteorites. These materials prevalently consist of metallic iron with variable nickel content. Their study and classification is traditionally based on chemical and structural analysis. The latter requires
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In this communication, we demonstrate the use of neutron tomography for the structural characterization of iron meteorites. These materials prevalently consist of metallic iron with variable nickel content. Their study and classification is traditionally based on chemical and structural analysis. The latter requires cutting, polishing and chemical etching of large slabs of the sample in order to determine the average width of the largest kamacite lamellae. Although this approach is useful to infer the genetical history of these meteorites, it is not applicable to small or precious samples. On the base of different attenuation coefficient of cold neutrons for nickel and iron, neutron tomography allows the reconstruction of the Ni-rich (taenite) and Ni-poor (kamacite) metallic phases. Therefore, the measure of the average width of the largest kamacite lamellae could be determined in a non-destructive way. Furthermore, the size, shape, and spatial correlation between kamacite and taenite crystals were obtained more efficiently and accurately than via metallographic investigation. Full article
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