The Rocks Are In: 2016 Antarctica Meteor Hunt Debrief

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Antarctica is the ideal place on Earth for meteorite hunting. Roughly two-thirds of all meteorites available to researchers were found on the icy continent.

“You need two good things to make meteorite collection efficient and economical. One you need to lay out a big white sheet and see what falls from the sky. Of course Antarctica fits that really, really well,” said Ralph Harvey of Case Western Reserve University and the primary principal investigator for the project.

“The other is you want to work in a place where the input of earthly debris, terrestrial debris, is really low and that relatively speaking, accentuates the amount of extraterrestrial stuff.” Full debrief