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Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 72, Issue 1–3, pp 469–474 | Cite as

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

  • George J. Flynn
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Organic Matter Dust High Surface Dust Particle Surface Concentration 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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