Why Are They All In Antarctica?

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Meteorite hunters don’t search for meteorites in the places most frequently peppered by them – they go to Antarctica instead, because that’s where they are easiest to find.

To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
– ANSMET: a program funded by the Office of Polar Programs of the National Science Foundation that looks for meteorites in the Transantarctic Mountains.
– Glacier: a slowly moving mass or river of ice formed by the accumulation and compaction of snow on mountains or near the poles.
– Meteorite: a meteor that survives its passage through the earth’s atmosphere such that part of it strikes the ground.

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Mazapil Meteorite – James St. John

"Antarctica Satellite Map of Blue Ice" and "Probability of Finding Meteorites"
NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey, MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS LANCE and GIBS/Worldview, and data courtesy of Tollenaar, V., et al. (2022).

Antarctic Meteorite – NASA/JSC/ANSMET

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