Antarctic meteorites: Scientists search the frozen continent

Antarctic meteorites form the rough terrain of the Transantarctic Mountains that bask in the sunlight in the wee hours of morning. Right in the middle of January the temperature here is 18 degree Celsius. Geologist Stanley Love usually works in Houston, Texas. He with other six scientists was driving across imposing white ice on snowmobiles. They were equipped with tents, stoves, sleeping bags and food. For the succeeding six weeks this team would be camping on Earth’s freezing and confrontational climate.

Meteorites are rocks that have crash fallen from space on the Earth. Before they strike the Earth they are called meteors. They can illuminate the sky as shooting stars. Once on the Earth’s surface they can enlighten about things that cannot be learnt from Earth rocks. Many meteorites are very old. They exist from initial formation of our solar systems, 4.6 billion years ago. None of the Earth rocks are that old. Meteorites carry evidence of their time and place of origin which might be moon or mars.

A good deal of meteors infiltrate Earth’s atmosphere each year. Many of them burn up on their way and the remaining ascends on the planet’s surface. Up to 84,000 meteorites extensive than the marbles fall on earth each year but are very difficult to perceive. They may disappear in the backdrop of plant leaves or sunk in fathomless water. However, in the expansive emptiness of Antarctica, discerning meteorites can be as simple as black on white.