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

Program Manager:
Dr. Thomas Wilch

Event Number: G-058-M

ASC POC/Implementer:
Sune Tamm / Meghan Walker

Dr. Ralph Harvey (Principal Investigator)
rph@cwru.edu
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. While 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. This season, ANSMET will conduct full-scale systematic meteorite recovery and reconnaissance in the Elephant Moraine ice fields northwest of McMurdo Station. In addition, a much larger team will conduct a systematic meteorite recovery to target locations in the southern region of Shackleton Glacier (SHG) camp and two target locations in northern region of SHG. They will first conduct an aerial flight survey of target icefields to assess blue ice snow cover and to identify possible landing sites for aircraft. Results from this flight survey will be used to set the itinerary for the two target locations in the northern region and two target locations in the southern region.

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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