Find the Meteorite

I took this photo in Antarctica in 1989 at a place known as Meteorite Moraine near Mt. Achernar and Lewis Cliff, the collection site of the Lewis Cliff (LEW) meteorites.  Like all glacial moraines, Meteorite Moraine contains a variety of rock types.  However, unlike most moraines, Meteorite Moraine contains a rather high proportion of meteorites.   When I took the photo, I knew that there were at least two meteorites in the photo.  I think I still remember which ones they are.  The problem is that one of the terrestrial rocks that is common in the area, weathered samples of the Ferrar dolerite, somewhat resembles an ordinary chondrite with a fusion crust.  Also, there were coal beds in Lewis Cliff, and from a distance a chunk of coal looks a bit like a meteorite (up close, there was no way to mistake coal for a meteorite).

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 The photo below contains a variety of objects that I found on the ice while looking for meteorites, a few of which are also in the photo above.  One is a meteorite.  Click on the image for an enlargement (288 kb).

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Want to see what meteorites really look like? 
See "Some Photos of Antarctic Meteorites".


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Prepared by: Randy L. Korotev
  
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis


Please don’t contact me about the meteorite
you think you've found until you read this and this
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Last revised: 5 October 2015