[meteorite-list] Mercury Fragments on earth (not)

From: Philip R. Burns <pib_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2011 12:45:46 -0500
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At 11:07 AM 8/4/2011, Edwin Thompson wrote:

>A very compelling poster was presented at a Met Soc meeting back in
>the 90's showing a very plausible scenario that might have produced
>meteorites on Earth having come from the surface of Mercury.

Brett Gladman and Jaime Coffey from the University of British
Columbia discussed the possibility of meteorites originating from
Mercury in a 2009 paper from Meteoritics and Planetary Science. A
prepublication copy is available online:


They concluded that there should be a number of meteorites of
Mercurian origin already here -- around 1/3 to 1/2 the number which
originated from Mars.

The Messenger spacecraft should provide better information about the
possible composition of Mercurian meteorites.

David Weir offers a useful summary of the subject of Mercurian meteorites at:


-- Philip R. "Pib" Burns
    pib at pibburns.com
Received on Thu 04 Aug 2011 01:45:46 PM PDT

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