ANSMET 2017/18 Field Season – End count: 211 finds (14 January 2018)

Last update: 14 January,2018

On 15 December, the first day in the field, team A found the first four meteorites near Mount Cecily in the Grosvenor Mountains. On 10 January the biggest meteorite of the season was found. It was described as being ‘the size of a rugby ball’. Until 14 January 211 meteorites have been found, including thirteen achondrites and three iron meteorites. Many achondrites were found on a new, formerly unexplored ice field, inofficially known as ‘Achondrite Orchard’.

Barbara Cohen, Brian Rougeux, and Jim contemplating rocks on a moraine near Mt Cecily, Antarctica on 15th December 2017. Image: Case Western Reserve University

Collected meteorite in the reflection of Juliane Gross’s goggles. Picture taken by Barbara Cohen near Mt Cecily, Antarctica on 18th December 2017. Image: Case Western Reserve University

Meteorite in situ on a moraine (in frame near the bottom left corner) on a moraine near Mt Cecily, Antarctica on 27th December 2017. Image: Case Western Reserve University

Juliane Gross (left) dropping the rock into a sterilized bag that Barbara Cohen is holding (right) with Brian Rougeux in the background on an icefield close to the camp near Mt. Cecily, Antarctica on 3rd January 2018. Image: Case Western Reserve University

Barbara Cohen with one of the found achondrites. Image: Case Western Reserve University

Juliane Gross holding a rugby ball-sized meteorite. The biggest meteorite found so far. Image: Case Western Reserve University