Hunt for Antarctica's 'missing meteorites'

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Hunt for Antarctica's 'missing meteorites'

Postby David Entwistle » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:03 am

The BBC report...

The go-ahead has been given for the first British expedition to collect meteorites in Antarctica.

Most of the space rocks now in collections worldwide have been picked up on the continent.

The region's great expanse of ice makes searching for the blackened remains of objects that have fallen from the sky a particularly productive exercise....


There's a BBC video report here.

There's more on the University of Manchester web site, here.

University of Manchester scientists are preparing for the first ever UK-led meteorite hunting expedition to Antarctica, where they will seek out the 'lost’ meteorites of the icy continent, which could provide clues to planetary creation.

Meteorites provide invaluable information about the Solar System’s formation. In particular, iron meteorites, which are formed from the cores of planetesimals (small planets that were later destroyed by further planetary impacts), provide researchers with knowledge of how planets are created.
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