Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 46, Issue 18, pp 1544–1546 | Cite as

Cosmic-ray exposure and gas retention ages of the Guangmingshan (H5) chondrite

  • Daode Wang
  • Yangting Lin
  • Jinyuan Liu


Isotopic compositions of noble gases from the Guangmingshan chondrite were analyzed. Based on the analyses of cosmogenic nuclei, cosmic-ray exposure age of the meteorite is (65±10.0) Ma (3He), (80±12) Ma (21Ne) and (65±10.0) Ma (38Ar), with an average of 70 Ma. This is the highest exposure age of H-group ordinary chondrites. Gas retention ages of K-Ar and U, Th-4He are (4230±100) Ma and (3300±60) Ma, respectively. The smaller ages of3He than21Ne and4He than40Ar suggest that both3He and4He lost together. This is probably related to a solar heating effect of a meteorite with a small perihelion during the last exposure period.


noble gas cosmic-ray exposure age meteorite chondrite Zhuanghe Liaoning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daode Wang
    • 1
  • Yangting Lin
    • 1
  • Jinyuan Liu
    • 2
  1. 1.Guangzhou Institute of GeochemistryChinese Academy of SciencesGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Dalian Museum of Natural HistoryDalianChina

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