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In 8th grade our students study Earth Science in their science class. It can be hard to relate that to real life situations.  It’s rare for students to be able to talk a real scientist, even more rare to learn that this scientist braves the cold climates of Antarctica to do research.  Dr. Karner is the second science lead for the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) a program funded by NASA.  He is an alumnus of Bemidji State University’s geology program who went on to get his doctorate in geology. Currently he is also a senior research scientist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.   He told the students about meteorites, how to tell a meteorite from an “earth” rock, that meteorites have hit all over the earth for billions of years but are most easily found in Antarctica because the glacier slowly uncovers them.  Each November Dr. Karner travels through New Zealand, to McMurdo Station Antarctica, then takes a small plane to a remote blue ice sheet where, weather permitting, they spend 45 days taking snowmobiles out searching for meteorites, while living in a tent encampment in sub freezing temperatures.

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