We report the mineralogy, petrography, as well as oxygen and magnesium isotope data of a newly identified FUN inclusion from the CV carbonaceous chondrite NWA 779. Variability in the texture of the mineral phases coupled with oxygen isotope data provides evidence for multistage evolution of this inclusion under distinct thermal regimes: slow crystallization of 16 O-rich melt accompanied by evaporation, and subsequent remelting in an 16 O-poor reservoir during transient heating events, possibly associated with the formation of CV chondrules. The inferred oxygen isotope composition of the precursor material of this inclusion (δ17, 18O = -48.4-2.5-3.0%) is consistent with that observed for CAIs and amoeboid olivine aggregates from least metamorphosed carbonaceous chondrites, suggesting that both FUN and normal CAIs formed in an 16O-rich reservoir with oxygen isotope composition similar to that inferred for the Sun. However, in contrast to normal CAIs, most FUN inclusions show no evidence for live 26Al at the time of their formation. Based on these observations, we propose that the protosolar molecular cloud was polluted with stellarderived 26Al prior to its collapse. Thus, FUN CAIs formed at a time when dust inherited from the molecular cloud-including the carrier of 26Al-was still poorly homogenized in the protoplanetary disk.
- Programområde 4: Mineralske råstoffer