Some Photos of Antarctic Meteorites
Here is a small collection of photos of Antarctic meteorites, some in the field and some in the curatorial laboratory of the astromaterials curation facility at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Most of the meteorites were collected during the 1988-89 ANSMET field season to Lewis Cliff and the MacAlpine Hills. Note that both the field and lab photos were scanned from old slides, the original lighting was intense blue (field) or artificial (lab), and the slides have probably faded. Another problem is that the meteorites are dark and the background is light, so most of the meteorites were underexposed in the original image. I've done some color readjustment to increase the gamma and increase the red, magenta, and yellow. Bottom line: the exposure and colors on these images are more true than on the original slides, but they aren't perfect.
Searching for meteorites at Lewis
Cliff. Most of the rocks in this photo are just that - rocks. We
estimated that 1 in 500 to 1000 of the rocks were meteorites. That's
much better odds than most other places on Earth. See ANSMET
for why so many meteorites are found in Antarctica.
From the top of Lewis Cliff looking
photos by Randy Korotev