Meteorites, Ice, and Antarctica: A Personal Account

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 29, 2012 - Science
Bill Cassidy has led meteorite recovery expeditions in the Antarctic for many years. His searches have resulted in the collection of thousands of meteorite specimens from the ice. This fascinating story is a first-hand account of his field experiences on the US Antarctic Search for Meteorites Project, which he carried out as part of an international team of scientists. Cassidy describes this hugely successful field program in Antarctica and its influence on our understanding of the moon, Mars and the asteroid belt. In this 2003 book, he describes the hardships and dangers of fieldwork in a hostile environment, as well as the appreciation he developed for the beauty of the place. In the final chapters he speculates on the results of the trips and the future research they might lead to.
 

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Antarctica is a meteorite-hunter's dream: its cold, dry climate preserves the space rocks, which are swept along in glacial flows and then accumulate in becalmed areas of the ice cap. In this ... Read full review

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Contents

Antarctica and the National Science Foundation
7
How the project began
16
The first three years
32
The beat goes on later years of the ANSMET program
57
Alone or in small groups
84
Mars on the ice
103
Meteorites from the moon
144
How and where in the solar system?
186
Meteorite stranding surfaces and the ice sheet
274
The future what is is but what could be might not
320
The USJapan agreement
335
ANSMET field participants 19761994
337
Index of people
342
Index of Antarctic geographic names
344
Subject index
346
Copyright

Evaluating the collection and speculating on its significance
227

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