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Space rocks on ice: Hunting for meteorites in Antarctica

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Meteorites provide us with samples of the Moon, Mars and many different types of asteroids. Studying them has revealed the origin and evolution of the Solar System and the complexities of planetary differentiation and modification. We search for meteorites in places where there are few terrestrial samples, and where they can be easily distinguished from terrestrial rocks. Many thousands of meteorites have now been collected in Antarctica, and most have been found in concentrations at trap sites along mountain ranges. This talk will discuss meteorite hunting expeditions to Antarctica and discuss the icefield sites that host meteorite concentrations.

This talk is part of the British Antarctic Survey series.

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