Do More Meteorites Fall on Antarctica?
Researchers recover more meteorites from Antarctica, but that doesn't mean more land there.
Q: I’ve heard that more meteorites fall on Antarctica than any other continent. Is that true? And if so, why?
A: Researchers recover more meteorites from Antarctica than anywhere else, but it’s not because more fall there. Meteorites land everywhere with almost equal probability — it’s the Antarctic conditions that make the difference.
Many meteorites contain high levels of metallic iron, so if one falls in a humid jungle climate, the combination of moisture and oxygen w...