Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 72, Issue 1–3, pp 469–474

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

  • George J. Flynn


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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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • George J. Flynn
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  1. 1.Dept. of PhysicsSUNY - PlattsburghPlattsburghUSA

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