Single Grain (U-Th)/He Ages from EET14074, an Acapulcoite Meteorite


  • Christian James Anderkin University of Florida



undergraduate research, meteorites, geological sciences,


EET14074 is a member of the acapulcoite-lodranite family of meteorites and was discovered in Antarctica in 2014 by the Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI).  Herein, we obtained (U-Th)/He ages from 20 phosphate aggregates in EET14074 to constrain the sample’s thermal history. The ages range between 116.8 Ma ± 145.7 Ma (1σ) and 4211.5 Ma ± 1089.1 Ma, with an average of 2530 ± 260 Ma (n=20). Excluding outlier ages with large uncertainties, the 13 most concentrated ages yielded a theoretical minimum age of 3000 ± 150 Ma. This age corresponds to a fraction helium loss (f) of ~31% assuming crystallization age of ~4.55 Ga. The uranium abundances in single aliquots are in the range of 1.52 - 289.93 fmol, with an average of 58.00 fmol (n = 20), whereas the thorium abundance ranges between 2.51 and 2337.06 fmol with an average of 1149.29 fmol (n = 20). To explain the observed He loss, thermal diffusion modeling was performed with an assumption that the He loss occurred during a recent passage of the meteorite in Earth’s atmosphere. For the most likely t-T condition of compressional heating in Earth’s atmosphere of this meteorite (T = ~430 ˚C, t = ~10 sec), a fractional loss of 29.3% was calculated when the diffusion domain radius (r) of 92.8 µm was assumed. This estimation is nearly indistinguishable from the observed fractional loss of 31.3%. Additionally, diffusion modeling for another set of data with a different size (r = 40.4 µm) yielded a very similar fractional loss. Therefore, the observed (U-Th)/He age distribution is likely derived from compressional heating during the passage of EET14074 in Earth’s atmosphere.                    


Author Biography

Christian James Anderkin, University of Florida

Undergraduate Research Assistant - Department of Geological Sciences


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