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A Review of the Antarctic Collection of Meteorites

Antarctic meteorites provide a continuous and readily available supply of extraterrestrial materials, stimulating new research and ideas in cosmochemistry, planetary geology, astronomy, and astrobiology. A new publication in the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences written by Meenakshi Wadhwa (Arizona State University), Tim McCoy (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution), and Devin Schrader (ASU) highlights the advances in cosmochemistry that are enabled by these samples.

Antarctic meteorite find by ANSMET 2013.
Image courtesy of the 2012-2013 ANSMET team. Click for more information.

Every meteorite studied has the potential to bring about new understanding of the cosmos; Wadhwa and coauthors draw particular attention to the importance of the Antarctic collection of: Wadhwa, McCoy, and Schrader review the extensive analyses identifying the effects of weathering in the Antarctic environment on the compositions of the meteorites. They also provide an overview of upcoming asteroid missions and how the current meteorite collections can benefit from, and provide benefits to, the new data being collected in our quest to better understand the origin and evolution of materials in our Solar System.

pdf link, Antarctic Collection of Meteorites (pdf version)

See Reference:
·   Wadhwa, M., McCoy, T. J., and Schrader, D. L. (2020) Advances in Cosmochemistry Enabled by Antarctic Meteorites, Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, v. 48, p. 233-258, doi: 10.1146/annurev-earth-082719-055815. [article]

See also:
·   Antarctic Meteorites, at the Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office, NASA Johnson Space Center.

·   Martel, L. M. V. (Nov. 2001) Meteorites on Ice, PSRD,

·   Martel, L. M. V. (Feb. 2002) Searching Antarctic Ice for Meteorites, PSRD,

·   PSRD has reported on the annual Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) expedition since 2011; see the latest report: ANSMET 2019-2020 Field Season at Davis-Ward, Antarctica.

Written by Linda Martel, Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, for PSRD.

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June 2020