Orgeira, M.J.; Castro, L.N.; Goldmann, G.A.; Prezzi, C.B.; Sileo, E.; Vega, D.R.; Franzosi, C.; Acevedo, R.D.; Martínez, O.; Rabassa, J.; Ponce, J.F.; Tófalo, O.R."Extraterrestrial microspherules from Bajada del Diablo, Chubut, Argentina" (2017) Geoscience Frontiers. 8(1):137-149
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The Quaternary infilling of a circular structure located in Bajada del Diablo, Chubut Province, Argentina has been proposed as a crater strewn field in previous studies. Here we report the finding of about 65 microspherules collected in a trench excavated in the center of the structure. The majority of hand-picked specimens are single, but some of them exhibit compound forms. The single specimens are spherical with a mean size of 137 μm, whereas the more complex samples show peduncles and drop shapes. Dendritic crystal growth is recognized in the internal structure of some broken microspherules. Preliminary chemical composition from the surface and center of microspherules was determined by energy dispersive spectrometry employing EDS. Quantitative EMPA and XRD analysis indicate that the microspherules are mainly composed of Fe and O with magnetite, Fe0 with subordinate wüstite. Following consideration of possible anthropogenic and volcanic origins, these spherulites are ascribed to an extraterrestrial input. An accumulation rate of 47 microspherules per m2/yr is estimated for the studied sediments. This value is two orders of magnitude higher than the reference flux for cosmic dust estimated for the last 1 Ma in the Transantarctic Mountains. The microspherules might have been generated as a byproduct of asteroid entry in the atmosphere. © 2016 China University of Geosciences (Beijing) and Peking University


Documento: Artículo
Título:Extraterrestrial microspherules from Bajada del Diablo, Chubut, Argentina
Autor:Orgeira, M.J.; Castro, L.N.; Goldmann, G.A.; Prezzi, C.B.; Sileo, E.; Vega, D.R.; Franzosi, C.; Acevedo, R.D.; Martínez, O.; Rabassa, J.; Ponce, J.F.; Tófalo, O.R.
Filiación:Departamento de Ciencias Geológicas-IGEBA, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pabellón II, Buenos Aires, C1428EHA, Argentina
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de Argentina, CONICET, Argentina
Departamento de Ingeniería Agrícola y Uso de la Tierra, Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Av. San Martín 4453, Buenos Aires, C1417DSE, Argentina
INQUIMAE, Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Analítica y Química Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Pabellón II, Ciudad Universitaria, Buenos Aires, C1428EHA, Argentina
Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Universidad Nacional General San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas, CADIC-Conicet, Ushuaia, Argentina
Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia “San Juan Bosco” Sede EsquelChubut, Argentina
Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia “San Juan Bosco” Sede Ushuaia, Ushuaia, Argentina
Palabras clave:Bajada del Diablo; Chemistry; Chubut; Extraterrestrial microspherules; Patagonia-Argentina; asteroid; chemical composition; chemistry; magnetite; spherulite; Antarctica; Argentina; Chubut; Patagonia; Transantarctic Mountains
Página de inicio:137
Página de fin:149
Título revista:Geoscience Frontiers
Título revista abreviado:Geosci. Front.


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Orgeira, M.J., Castro, L.N., Goldmann, G.A., Prezzi, C.B., Sileo, E., Vega, D.R., Franzosi, C.,..., Tófalo, O.R. (2017) . Extraterrestrial microspherules from Bajada del Diablo, Chubut, Argentina. Geoscience Frontiers, 8(1), 137-149.
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Orgeira, M.J., Castro, L.N., Goldmann, G.A., Prezzi, C.B., Sileo, E., Vega, D.R., et al. "Extraterrestrial microspherules from Bajada del Diablo, Chubut, Argentina" . Geoscience Frontiers 8, no. 1 (2017) : 137-149.
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Orgeira, M.J., Castro, L.N., Goldmann, G.A., Prezzi, C.B., Sileo, E., Vega, D.R., et al. "Extraterrestrial microspherules from Bajada del Diablo, Chubut, Argentina" . Geoscience Frontiers, vol. 8, no. 1, 2017, pp. 137-149.
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Orgeira, M.J., Castro, L.N., Goldmann, G.A., Prezzi, C.B., Sileo, E., Vega, D.R., et al. Extraterrestrial microspherules from Bajada del Diablo, Chubut, Argentina. Geosci. Front. 2017;8(1):137-149.