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dc.contributor.advisorBenjamin Weiss.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSlotznick, Sarah Pearlen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-27T14:19:50Z
dc.date.available2018-03-27T14:19:50Z
dc.date.copyright2009en_US
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/114376
dc.descriptionThesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, 2009.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 25-30).en_US
dc.description.abstractSahara 99555 (SAH 99555) is the oldest dated angrite sample, a rare type of meteorite, and is only ~2 Myr younger than the age of the solar system (1, 2). SAH 99555 shows no post-cooling brecciation or weathering from the parent body, and does not display signs of significant terrestrial weathering. Therefore, paleomagnetic experiments were conducted for the first time on SAH 99555 to discover if it contains a primary paleomagnetism and then to determine a paleointensity estimate and its ferromagnetic mineralogy. Our studies show that the primary ferromagnetic mineral in SAH 99555 is magnetite and there are also some accessory ferromagnetic minerals including titanomagnetite and hematite. The natural remanent magnetization (NRM) of SAH 99555 appears to have a low-coercivity component probably from a collector's hand magnet or the Earth's field as well as a high-coercivity component, similar to D'Orbigny, another angrite. The paleointensity measurements of the high-coercivity component of SAH 99555,5 agree with the paleointensity estimates made for other angrites (D'Orbigny and A-881371) by Weiss et al. (2008) (4). Therefore, it appears that SAH 99555 does record a primary paleofield from when it was on the angrite parent body, which would be the oldest known paleomagnetic record yet identified in a planetary rock. Further studies are suggested to verify these conclusions, which make SAH 99555 one more key data point in the understanding of the early solar system.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Sarah P. Slotznick.en_US
dc.format.extent57 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsMIT theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed, downloaded, or printed from this source but further reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectEarth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.en_US
dc.titleA paleomagnetic study of the angrite Sahara 99555en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.B.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc1028993552en_US


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