PerspectivePlanetary Science

A Meteorite Falls on Ice

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Science  13 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5490, pp. 283-285
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5490.283

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Primitive meteorites provide a glimpse into the early history of our solar system, but some of the most primitive meteorites are also rarely found on Earth. In his Perspective, Grossman explains why the fall of the Tagish Lake meteorite on 18 January 2000 in British Columbia, Canada, was a lucky event for meteorite researchers. The first analysis of the meteorite is reported by Brown et al . Well-preserved organic matter in the meteorite provides a unique opportunity to study the nature and origin of organic matter that may have accreted on early Earth and played a role in the origin of life.