Searching for Meteorites in Antarctica


Lucy McFadden, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA

The first meteorite discovered in Antarctica was found quite by accident in 1912 by the explorer, D. Mawson. A mechanism by which meteorites are concentrated by the motion of glaciers running into mountains covered by 2000 m ice sheets was discovered by Yoshida from Japan in 1971. Systematic searches for meteorites have been carried out since then by US and Japanese teams. I will share my experience searching for meteorites on the blue ice fields of the Miller Range in 2007.