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Discovering the 18kg Antarctic Meteorite

Here's a video showing the discovery of a meteorite weighing 18kg on the ice sheet, by scientists working at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica. The discovery, which took place on January 28 2013, was the largest such find in 25 years. 

The video was shot by Harry Zekollari, one eight members of the SAMBA project, from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) and Tokyo University were searching for meteorites scattered across the Nansen Ice Field on January 28, when they found the 18kg ordinary chondrite. The team discovered a total of 425 meteorites, with a total weight of 75kg during the 40 day expedition, at an altitude of 2,900m, 140km south of Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research base.

Video: © International Polar Foundation - Harry Zekollari

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