Scientists find one of Antartica's largest meteorites
BRUSSELS (AFP) - An international team of scientists at Belgium's Antarctica research station has found the largest meteorite in nearly 25 years, helping them to unlock the secrets of our solar system.
A statement on Thursday said scientists at Belgium's Princess Elisabeth Antarctic research base had found a meteorite weighing 18kg on the Nansen Ice Field, part of a haul of 425 rocks with a total weight of 75kg.
"This meteorite was a very unexpected find for us, not only due to its weight, but because we don't normally find such large meteorites in Antarctica," said Mr Vinciane Debaille, a geologist from Universite Libre de Bruxelles who led the Belgian part of the team.
"This is the biggest meteorite found in East Antarctica for 25 years so it's a very special discovery for us.