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Rare 17-pound meteorite discovered in Antarctica | KSL.com - KSL.com

Rare 17-pound meteorite discovered in Antarctica | KSL.com - KSL.com

Rare 17-pound meteorite discovered in Antarctica | KSL.com - KSL.com
Jan 24, 2023 49 secs

ATLANTA — During a recent excursion to the icy plains of Antarctica, an international team of researchers discovered five new meteorites — including one of the largest ever found on the continent.

That "broadly means that we use meteorites to study the origin and evolution of the solar system through chemical methods," she told CNN.

She'll take her samples and use strong acids to dissolve them before using a process called calibrated chemistry to isolate various elements that make up the rock.

Though Valdes and three other scientists carried out their mission during the continent's "summer," which offered 24 hours of daylight, temperatures still hovered around 14 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a news release from the Field Museum.

The research team spent about a week and a half with a polar field guide, living in tents pitched on the icy terrain.

However, Valdes said she and her colleagues also spent time at a Belgian research station near Antarctica's coast, where they enjoyed warm, cheesy foods, such as fondue.

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