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Condensation sequence during the cooling of the solar nebula

Condensation sequence during the cooling of the solar nebula

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Condensation sequence during the cooling of the solar nebula
As the solar system cooled from a high-temperature, low-pressure vapor (upper left of the diagram), minerals began to condense. This diagram shows the order in which minerals condensed depending on ambient temperature and pressure. The figure is adapted from plate 1 of Ebel, 2006: "Condensation of rocky material in astrophysical environments."

More explanation of this diagram is available at the VAPORS Project website.

Here is a simplified version.

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