2012-2013 Science Planning Summaries
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The Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET): Reconnaissance team

Program Manager:
Dr. Mark Kurz


ASC POC/Implementer:
Chad Naughton / Jessica Jenkins

Dr. Ralph Harvey (Principal Investigator)
http://geology.cwru.edu/~ansmet/External Non U.S. Government Site

Case Western Reserve University
Department of Geological Sciences
Cleveland, Ohio

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  Amundsen Glacier Camp, Amundsen Glacier Icefield, Devil's Glacier icefield, Mid-Robison Glacier Icefields, Mount Prestrud icefield, Mount Wisting icefield, Nodtvedt Nunataks icefield

Project Description:
The objectives of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) reconnaissance team for this field season is to explore the potential for meteorite concentrations at a number of previously unvisited icefields in the southernmost Transantarctic Mountains. Eight targeted icefields are located in the Scott, Reedy, and Klein Glacier region, near the Graves Nunataks, the headwaters of the Robeson, Amundsen and Scott Glaciers, and in the Wisconsin Range.

Field Season Overview:
A field team of four will be equipped with standard remote field equipment, will live in Scott tents and conduct searches on snowmobiles. The team will be staged in the Central Trans-Antarctic Mountains (CTAM) and then shuttled out to target icefields by Twin Otter. Several camp moves are scheduled for mid-season.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Joseph Boyce
  • Ralph Harvey (PI)
  • Katherine Joy
  • Tomoko Nakamura
  • Shaun Norman

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