So many Meteorites!

You Won't Believe How Many

There have been many meteorites found on Earth.

More than 50,000 meteorites have been found on Earth. Meteorites are found in 97.6% of the world and are most often found in Antarctica. It is estimated that probably 500 meteorites reach the surface of the Earth each year, but less than 10 are recovered. This is because most fall into the ocean, land in remote areas of the Earth, land in places that are not easily accessible, or are just not seen to fall. Only a small fraction of meteorites are observed to fall, 2.8% for the whole world. The proportion of meteorites that are falls from North America is larger than that for the whole world. People find a greater number of the iron meteorites because they tend to be bigger and are more likely to catch peoples' attention.