Antarctic meteorite recovery during BELARE 2019-2020 – 66 finds (> 8 kg)


“Following successful recovery missions in 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2012-2013, and 2018-2019, an international team of Belgian, Turkish and Japanese scientists has recovered 66 meteorites in the 2019-2020 season, totaling more than 8 kg, in the Nansen blue ice fields, south of the Princess Elisabeth Station of the eastern Sør Rondane Mountains region, Antarctica. Several thousand micrometeorites, cosmic dust particles less than 2 mm in diameter, were also recovered from the mountain tops near the station. This research has been made possible through funding by the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO) and logistic support of the International Polar Foundation (IPF).”

“The meteorite search team, consisting of 2 scientists connected to Belgian universities, Prof. Dr. Steven Goderis from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Dr. Hamed Pourkhorsandi from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Japanese participant Ass. Prof. Naoki Shirai, Turkish scientist Ass. Prof. Mehmet Yesiltas (as part of the 4th Turkish Antarctic Expedition), and two field guides, was dropped off on the Nansen ice field plateau on January 15th until pickup on February 6th.”

” Better than shear number, were the types of meteorites found. Among these, at least two achondrites […], and several carbonaceous chondrites”