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SLAS Regular Meeting
Friday, June 20, 2014 7:30pm
McDonnell Hall, Washington University

Meteorite Hunting in Antarctica


Dr. Alex Meshik
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University

Dr. Alex Meshik of Washington University will be featured at the June regular meeting for SLAS. The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM Friday, June 20. Meteorites are the pieces of rocks from outer space that survive to land on the ground or ocean. Most meteors – streaks of light in the night sky - are caused by pinhead sized dust grains. They vaporize
many miles above the surface. Each year, only a few dozen rocks survive to hit the
ground. These meteorites are valuable for what they can tell us about their composition
and origin on the Moon, Mars, or an asteroid. They are perhaps more valuable for what they can tell us about the birth and early years of the solar system – including the Earth. Dr. Meshik will talk about his research on meteorites, and why Antarctica is the best place in the world to find them.
Dr. Alex Meshik is a Research Professor in the Department of Physics and a member of the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences at Washington University. He is also an avid photographer. He will be showing photographs from his two month expedition to Antarctica, taken under the challenging lighting and environmental conditions of that icy continent.


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Introduction of Officers

Dr. Alex Meshik

MSRAL 2014 review

Election for Treasurer

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