2012-2013 Science Planning Summaries
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Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET)

Program Manager:
Dr. Thomas Wilch


ASC POC/Implementer:
Leslie Blank / Jessica Jenkins

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:  Southern Transantarctic Mountains

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 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 the northern region of the 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:
The team will be equipped with standard remote field equipment, living in Scott tents and conducting searches on snowmobiles. CTAM and the Leveritt fuel cache delivered by the South Pole Traverse will be the staging points, along with the potential for open field LC130 landings on the Amundsen and Robison Glaciers to put in and take out the group.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Andrew Beck
  • Joe Boyce
  • James Karner
  • Marianne Mader
  • John Schutt
  • Thomas Sharp
  • Meenakshi Wadhwa

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