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Rice Science Café - The Antarctic Search for Meteorites: Exploring the Solar System from the Ice

Lecture/Lecture Series

Dean of Natural Sciences

By: Linda Welzenbach
Science Writer, Department of Earth Science
From: Rice University
When: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Black Labrador Pub, Churchill Room
4100 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, Texas

Abstract: Why do we go Antarctica to collect meteorites?

Antarctica is the world’s premier meteorite hunting-ground. In the last 40 years, we have collected over 20,000 meteorites from Antarctica—more than have been recovered over the entire Earth in the previous 500 years.

The Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) is an inexpensive, guaranteed way to recover pieces of the Moon, Mars, and asteroids. These rocks have been critical to understanding the history of our Solar System, providing essential "ground-truth" for our study of the asteroids and the planets, as well as providing scientific justification for many of our current and future space missions.

Linda Welzenbach will take us on a tour of meteorite collecting in Antarctica, why meteorites are so abundant there, what we have learned from them, and what it’s like to live for seven weeks on the Antarctic plateau—to be one of the first humans to find a pristine piece of another world.

Seating is first come, first serve--the room has a limited capacity. Free parking in the garage behind the Black Lab.