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Finding Meteorites in Antarctica

Here's a set of pictures of the team of SAMBA scientists working at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, who recently discovered a meteorite weighing 18kg embedded in the East Antarctic ice sheet, the largest  such meteorite found in the region since 1988.

  • Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team members examining an 18kg meteorite found during a field trip on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • An 18kg meteorite found by the Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team during a field trip on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • The combined Belgo-Japanese SAMBA team! Left to Right: Takashi Mikouchi, Akira Yamaguchi, Christophe Berclaz, Yukihisa Akada, Naoya Imae, Vinciane Debaille, Nadia Van Roosbroek, Wendy Debouge, Geneviève Hublet, and Harry Zekollari (front)

  • Members of the Belgo-Japanese SAMBA team, mounted on skidoos, fan out in v-shaped formation across the Nansen Ice Field, in order to search for meteorites during a field trip on the plateau, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.

  • Members of the Belgo-Japanese SAMBA team, mounted on skidoos, fan out in v-shaped formation across the Nansen Ice Field, in order to search for meteorites during a field trip on the plateau, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.

  • Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team members photographing a meteorite found during a field trip on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team members examining an 18kg meteorite found during a field trip on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • Members of the Belgo-Japanese SAMBA team, mounted on skidoos, fan out in v-shaped formation across the Nansen Ice Field, in order to search for meteorites during a field trip on the plateau, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.

  • Members of the Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team members with an 18kg meteorite found during a field trip on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team member sealing an 18kg meteorite meteorite in plastic to prevent contamination, during a field trip on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team skidoos parked at the basecamp on the plateau, during a field trip on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team working in the office mobile unit at the basecamp on the plateau, on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team preparing their search n the plateau, during a field trip on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team member setting the dining table with Japanese food in the living container at the basecamp situated on the plateau, during a field trip on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • Belgian and Japanese flags at the SAMBA meteorite team basecamp on the plateau, during a field trip on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • White out at the SAMBA meteorite team basecamp on the plateau, during a field trip on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team digging clearing basecamp of the snow, during a field trip on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • The base camp from the Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite program being towed back to Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • Belgo-Japanese SAMBA meteorite team basecamp on the plateau composed of three containers: A technical container, A living container and a dormitory are unified on sledges to be easily movable. during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition. Field trip on the Nansen Ice Field, 140km south of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, during the BELARE 2012-2013 expedition.

  • Expedition leader Alain Hubert welcoming the Japanese members of the SAMBA meteorite team back from their fieldtrip on the plateau to Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, the first "Zero Emission" research station.

  • The International Polar Foundation is the operator of the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, the first "Zero Emission" polar research station.