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Chondrules and the Protoplanetary Disk

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R. H. Hewins, L. Hartmann, P. Cassen, A. P. Boss, J. N. Cuzzi, A. R. Dobrovolskis, R. C. Hogan, J. T. Wasson, J. A. Wood, A. M. Davis, G. J. MacPherson, T. D. Swindle, C. M. Hohenberg, L. E. Nyquist, E. R. D. Scott, A. N. Krot, K. Misawa, N. Nakamura, M. H. Thiemens, M. K. Weisberg, M. Prinz, H. C. Connolly Jr., A. J. Brearly, K. Metzler, A. Bischoff, R. H. Jones, A. E. Rubin, G. E. Lofgren, J. P. Greenwood, P. C. Hess, Y. Yu, B. Zanda, D. W. G. Sears, S. Huang, P. H. Benoit, C. M. O'D. Alexander, J. N. Grossman, L. L. Hood, D. A. Kring, T. V. Ruzmaikina, W. H. Ip, K. Liffman, M. Brown, S. Robertson, R. Hutchison, M. Kitamura, A. Tsuchiyama, I. S. Sanders
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  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521174893

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  • Chondrules in primitive meteorites have excited and challenged scientists since they were first described nearly 200 years ago. Chondrules were made by some pervasive process in the early solar system that formed melted silicate droplets. This 1996 text was the first comprehensive review of chondrules and their origins since a consensus developed that they were made in the disk of gas and solids that formed the Sun and planets 4.5 billion years ago. Fifty scientists from assorted disciplines have collaborated to review how chondrules could have formed in the protoplanetary disk. When and where in the disk did they form? What were they made from and how fast were they heated and cooled? What provided the energy to melt chondrules - nebular shock waves, lightning discharges, protostellar jets? Following an exciting international conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the latest answers to these questions are presented in thirty-four articles.

    • 200-year-old mystery of key importance to understanding the origin of the solar system, the terrestrial planets, and the asteroids
    • Critical reviews summarise key constraints and models for the origin of chondrules
    • Written for an interdisciplinary audience of astronomers, astrophysicists and planetary scientists with a minimum of jargon
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    Review of the hardback: ' … an excellent tutorial on current thinking about the formation of chondrules and their relation to the solar nebula.' Harry Y. McSween Jr., Science

    Review of the hardback: 'It is a comprehensive overview, complete with a glossary. The extensive colour images, figures, explanatory boxes and lists of keywords make for a very lively appearance.' Sue Bowler, Astronomy & Geophysics

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521174893
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Chondrules and the protoplanetary disk: An overview R. H. Hewins
    Part. II. Chonrules, Ca-Al-Rich Inclusions and Protoplanetary Disks:
    2. Astronomical observations of phenomena in protostellar disks L. Hartmann
    3. Overview of models of the solar nebula: potential chondrule-forming environments P. Cassen
    4. Large scale processes in the solar nebula A. P. Boss
    5. Turbulence, chondrules and planetisimals J. N. Cuzzi, A. R. Dobrovolskis and R. C. Hogan
    6. Chondrule formation: energetics and length scales J. T. Wasson
    7. Unresolved issues in the formation of chondrules and chondrites J. A. Wood
    8. Thermal processing in the solar nebula: constraints from refractory inclusions A. M. Davis and G. J. MacPherson
    9. Formation times of chondrules and Ca-Al-Rich inclusions: constraints from short-lived radionuclides T. D. Swindle, A. M. Davis, C. M. Hohenberg, G. J. MacPherson and L. E. Nyquist
    10. Formation of chondrules and chondrites in the protoplanetary nebula E. R. D. Scott, S. G. Love and A. N. Krot
    Part III. Chondrule precursors and multiple melting:
    11. Origin of refractory precursor components of chondrules K. Misawa and N. Nakamura
    12. Mass-independent isotopic effects in chondrites: the role of chemical processes M. H. Thiemens
    13. Agglomeratic chondrules: implications for the nature of chondrule precursors and formation by incomplete melting M. K. Weisberg and M. Prinz
    14. Constraints on chondrule precursors from experimental Data H. C. Connolly Jr. and R. H. Hewins
    15. Nature of matrix in unequilibrated chondrites and its possible relationship to chondrules A. J. Brearly
    16. Constraints on chondrite agglomeration from fine-grained chondrule Rims K. Metzler and A. Bischoff
    17. Relict grains in chondrules: evidence for chondrule recycling R. H. Jones
    18. Multiple heating of chondrules A. E. Rubin and A. N. Krot
    19. Microchondrule-bearing chondrule rims: constraints on chondrule formation A. N. Krot and A. E. Rubin
    Part IV. Heating, Cooling and Volatiles:
    20. A dynamic crystallization model for chondrule melts G. E. Lofgren
    21. Peak temperatures of flash-melted chondrules R. H. Hewins and H. C. Connolly Jr.
    22. Congruent melting kinetics: constraints on chondrule formation J. P. Greenwood and P. C. Hess
    23. Sodium and sulfur in chondrules: heating time and cooling curves Y. Yu, R. H. Hewins and B. Zanda
    24. Open-system behaviour during chondrule formation D. W. G. Sears, S. Huang and P. H. Benoit
    25. Recycling and volatile loss in chondrule formation C. M. O'D. Alexander
    26. Chemical fractionations of chondrites: signatures of events before chondrule formation J. N. Grossmann
    Part V. Models of Chondrule Formation:
    27. A concise guide to chondrule formation models A. P. Boss
    28. Models for multiple heating mechanisms L. L. Hood and D. A. Kring
    29. Chondrule formation in the accretional shock T. V. Ruzmaikina and W. H. Ip
    30. The protostellar jet model of chondrule formation K. Liffman and M. Brown
    31. Chondrule formation in lightning discharges: status of theory and experiments M. Horanyi and S. Robertson
    32. Chondrules and their associates in ordinary chondrites: a planetary connection? R. Hutchinson
    33. Collision of icy and slightly differentiated bodies as an origin for unequilibriated ordinary chondrites M. Kitamura and A. Tsuchiyama
    34. A chondrule-forming scenario involving molten planetisimals I. S. Sanders.

  • Editors

    R. H. Hewins, Rutgers University, New Jersey

    Rhian Jones, University of New Mexico

    Ed Scott, University of Hawaii, Manoa

    Contributors

    R. H. Hewins, L. Hartmann, P. Cassen, A. P. Boss, J. N. Cuzzi, A. R. Dobrovolskis, R. C. Hogan, J. T. Wasson, J. A. Wood, A. M. Davis, G. J. MacPherson, T. D. Swindle, C. M. Hohenberg, L. E. Nyquist, E. R. D. Scott, A. N. Krot, K. Misawa, N. Nakamura, M. H. Thiemens, M. K. Weisberg, M. Prinz, H. C. Connolly Jr., A. J. Brearly, K. Metzler, A. Bischoff, R. H. Jones, A. E. Rubin, G. E. Lofgren, J. P. Greenwood, P. C. Hess, Y. Yu, B. Zanda, D. W. G. Sears, S. Huang, P. H. Benoit, C. M. O'D. Alexander, J. N. Grossman, L. L. Hood, D. A. Kring, T. V. Ruzmaikina, W. H. Ip, K. Liffman, M. Brown, S. Robertson, R. Hutchison, M. Kitamura, A. Tsuchiyama, I. S. Sanders

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