2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET)

Program Manager:
Dr. Mark Kurz

Event Number: G-058-M
NASA Award

ASC POC/Implementer:
Sune Tamm / Meghan Walker

Dr. Ralph Harvey (Principal Investigator)
http://www.case.edu/ansmetExternal Non U.S. Government Site

Case Western Reserve University
Department of Geological Sciences
Cleveland, Ohio

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  Miller Range

Project Description:
Since 1976, the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) has found more than 17,000 specimens. Meteorites do not fall preferentially on Antarctica; they are just easier to find on the white snow- and ice-scapes and because the ice transport and ablation process leads to accumulation in certain areas. One of those areas is the extreme southern end of the Transantarctic Mountains. This year, the ANSMET reconnaissance team will explore the Graves Nunataks and Upper Robison Glacier region and the Amundsen and Devil's Glacier region. Spanning about 100 kilometers from end to end, these areas are about 200 kilometers from South Pole Station and about 900 kilometers from McMurdo Station.

Field Season Overview:
Eight field team members will live in Scott tents and conduct searches on snowmobiles. LC130 will take the team and its gear Central Trans Antarctic Mountain (CTAM) camp and then they will be shuttled by Twin Otter out to Miller Range. Once in the field, the team will generally be self-sufficient, with at least two resupply flights in mid-season. The field season is expected to last about six weeks.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Stephen Ballou
  • Barbara Cohen
  • Ralph Harvey (PI)
  • Manavi Jadhav
  • James Karner (Co-PI)
  • Alexander Meshik
  • Jani Radebaugh
  • John Schutt

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