Scientists find large meteorite in Antarctica

Last Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 09:00

Brussels: International scientists say they`ve discovered an 18-kilo meteorite in eastern Antarctica, the largest found in that area in 25 years.

The Brussels-based International Polar Foundation said today the meteorite is an "ordinary chondrite," the most common meteorite. It was discovered January 28, and is undergoing a special thawing process in Japan so water won`t penetrate it before it`s studied.

During a 40-day expedition, scientists discovered 425 meteorites at an altitude of 2,900 meters, 140 kilometers south of Belgium`s Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research base.

While this is the largest found in eastern Antarctica since 1988, a 21.5-kilo meteorite was found on the continent in 2005, according to the Meteoritical Bulletin Database. The largest in Antarctica was 407 kilograms, found in 1976 or 1977.


First Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 09:00

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