We present here a review of the characteristics of CR carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. Over the past three decades, our knowledge and understanding of the scientific value of the CR chondrites have increased dramatically, as more samples from cold and hot deserts have become available for analysis. Based on a variety of compositional, mineralogical, isotopic, and spectroscopic studies, we have come to understand that CR chondrites are excellent samples of asteroidal meteorites to look for virtually unaltered solar nebula material and to observe asteroidal processes in progress. This paper summarizes these investigations, their similarities, and differences with other chondritic groups, their relationships to asteroids, and the questions yet to be addressed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Geochemistry and Petrology