2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET)
Dr. Ralph Harvey
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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
The Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program is a field-based science project that recovers meteorite specimens from Antarctica. Since 1976, teams have recovered more than 21,000 specimens from surfaces along the Transantarctic Mountains. These specimens are a reliable, continuous source of new, non-microscopic extraterrestrial material and support thousands of scientists from around the globe as they seek essential “ground-truth” concerning the materials that make up the asteroids, planets, and other bodies of our solar system. The study of ANSMET meteorites has extended knowledge of the materials and conditions from which our solar system was born and has revealed the geologic nature of asteroids.
Field Season Overview
Two teams will search for and recover meteorites from blue-ice areas within and near the Transantarctic Mountains. A team of six will explore ice fields near Beardmore and Mill Glaciers. They will work the ice fields near the Davis Nunataks and Mount Ward before making a camp move with snowmobiles and Twin Otter support to ice fields near the main Dominion Range.
Deploying Team Members