An international team of scientists went on a reconnaissance mission to Antarctica with the objective of finding new areas of meteorite accumulation around the Belgian Princess Elisabeth Antarctica (PEA) Station. The exploration was from December 11, 2022 to January 11. The team set out to discover the potential of several areas of interest by searching them for meteorites. The blue ice zone of Nils Larsen, about 60 km from the station, has been recognized as an accumulation zone worthy of revisiting. The team returned with a very nice surprise in its luggage: a 7.6 kg meteorite. Such big meteorites are very rare in Antarctica. It belongs to the oldest material that can be found on Earth and is similar to the building block of the Earth. The meteorite were found on the blue ice or in the moraines. Differentiating between meteors and meteorites, a meteor is the trail which it generates while falling onto the Earth and the rocks are called meteorites. The meteorites will be analysed for their chemical composition and become available for scientific studies.
Today: December 4, 2023