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Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team members examining an 18kg meteorite found during a field trip on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.
Image by Vinciane Debaille courtesy International Polar Foundation, SOURCE
Members of the Belgo-Japanese SAMBA team, mounted on skidoos, fan out in v-shaped formation across the Nansen Ice Field, in order to search for meteorites during a field trip on the plateau, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.
courtesy International Polar Foundation
SAMBA meteorite team members photographing a meteorite found during a field trip on the Nansen Ice Field.
courtesy International Polar Foundation, SOURCE
Examining an 18 kg meteorite.
Image by Vinciane Debaille courtesy International Polar Foundation, SOURCE
Members of the Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team members with the 18kg meteorite.
courtesy International Polar Foundation, SOURCE
Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team member sealing an 18kg meteorite in plastic to prevent contamination.
courtesy International Polar Foundation, SOURCE
Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team working in the office mobile unit at the base camp on the plateau, on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.
courtesy International Polar Foundation, SOURCE

Antarctic Scientists Discover 18 kg Meteorite

Posted: Mar 03, 2013 08:58 pm EST

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(Press release Brussels, Belgium) An international team of scientists, working at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station, has discovered a meteorite with a mass of 18kg embedded in the East Antarctic ice sheet, the largest such meteorite found in the region since 1988. The eight members of the SAMBA project, from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) and Tokyo University were searching for meteorites scattered across the...

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