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The observational evidence for mass distribution in the meteoritic complex

  • Peter M. Millman


The integrated mass indexS for solid particles in the solar system is defined by the equationN = (const)m−S, whereN is the number of particles counted down to a lower limit of massm. Independent values ofS found from various observational programs are reviewed. These lie generally in the range from 0.4 to 1.4 for the average background of particles, and include data from lunar craters, satellite impacts, meteors, meteorites and asteroids. The trend ofS with mass is reasonably well established for masses less than one gram, but there are many gaps in our knowledge concerning the objects of greater mass.


Lower Limit Solar System Solid Particle Mass Distribution Observational Evidence 
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  • Peter M. Millman
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  1. 1.National Research Council of CanadaOttawaCanada

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