[meteorite-list] Exploring the Solar System in Antarctica (NWA vs Antarctica)

From: Adam Hupe <raremeteorites_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2013 21:27:41 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <1381379261.8561.YahooMailNeo_at_web122002.mail.ne1.yahoo.com>

I will not debate the legacy of Antarctic meteorites.? They have had a wonderful history and their contribution to? science has been invaluable.? Most researchers are sample oriented and are not biased by find location but there are still a few that cling to legacy.? Antarctica had a a two decade plus head start in the abstract/paper queue so naturally there are more documents.? Ten years ago, maybe one in ten papers were on hot desert finds. Now, I estimate about 50%.? At this rate, as very important samples from NWA and other deserts enter the queue, it will not be long before these finds handily overtake Antarctica by a wide margin in the business of science.

In other words; There is not enough material coming out of Antarctica anymore to reverse the current trend which favors the hot desert meteorites for research material in the future.

Received on Thu 10 Oct 2013 12:27:41 AM PDT

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