2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET)

ANSMET field party members recovering a meteorite specimen from the Miller Range, 2013-14 season.
Photo by Ralph Harvey


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Program Manager:
Dr. Michael Jackson

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Bija Sass

Principal Investigator

Dr. Ralph Harvey

Case Western Reserve University
Department of Geological Sciences
Cleveland, Ohio

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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Elephant Moraine / Shackleton, Amundsen, and Devil's glaciers / Mounts Cecily, Raymond, Wisting and Prestrud / Cumulus Hills / Nodtvedt Nunatak / Roberts Massif


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

The field season plan will be completed in two parts. The eight person team, including two mountaineers, will transit to Shackleton Camp (SHG) in early December. Two groups of four will perform meteorite search and recovery efforts at several icefields in relative close proximity to SHG. Team A will work the entire field season at the Mount Cecily/Mount Raymond area. Team B will work for two weeks at the Amundsen Glacier icefields, then two weeks at Nodvedt Nunatak, and another two weeks at Mount Wisting/Mount Prestrud. Camp moves will be carried out by Twin Otter. Both teams will leave SHG at the end of January.

Deploying Team Members

  • Barbara Cohen
  • James Day
  • Juliane Gross
  • James Karner (Co-PI)
  • Lindsay Keller
  • Brian Rougeux
  • John Schutt (Team Leader)