School of Maths Lecturer Leads Team in Meteorite-Hunting Trials

A University of Manchester team led by Geoff Evatt, Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, have successfully completed trials in their meteorite hunting technology.

Geoff Evatt leads a UoM team in search of meteorites trapped in ice in the Antarctic.
A snowmobile drags the 'metal detector' used to locate meteorites.

A University of Manchester team led by our own Geoff Evatt, Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, have been working with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) as part of a wider project in locating meteorites in Antarctica. They have successully tested their 'metal detecting' techonology which will be used for the first ever UK-led meteorite hunting expedition to Antarctica, where the team will seek out the ‘lost’ meteorites of the icy continent. This could provide clues to planetary creation.

The team's equipment, adapted from mine detection technology, was dragged behind a skidoo across a simulation field set up at the Ny-Ålesund research base on Svalbard in the Arctic.

BBC News has published a story and more can be found on the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) website.

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