Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 72, Issue 1, pp 469–474

The delivery of organic matter from asteroids and comets to the early surface of Mars


  • George J. Flynn
    • Dept. of PhysicsSUNY - Plattsburgh

DOI: 10.1007/BF00117551

Cite this article as:
Flynn, G.J. Earth Moon Planet (1996) 72: 469. doi:10.1007/BF00117551


Carbon delivered to the Earth by interplanetary dust particles may have been an important source of pre-biotic organic matter (Anders, 1989). Interplanetary dust is shown to deliver an order-of-magnitude higher surface concentration of carbon onto Mars than onto Earth, suggesting interplanetary dust may be an important source of carbon on Mars as well.

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