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Expeditions: Antarctic Meteorites & Stromatolites

Go prospecting for meteorites along the world’s most productive recovery fields—the glaciers of Antarctica! Then dive into the frigid waters of one of the continent’s largest freshwater lakes to meet a living community of some of Earth’s oldest fossils: stromatolites. For Expeditions at The Field Museum, we asked Dr. Philipp Heck to document the team’s daily life and discoveries as they journey into this frozen wilderness to explore our planet’s past.

Project Manager/Producer: Kimberly Singleton; Video Editor: Casey Kanode; Videographers: Philipp Heck, Rakesh Rao, Ashit Swain, Raghuram, and Hukam Singh; Additional Field Team Members: Dale Andersen, Alfonso Davila, Valery Galchenko, Vladimir Akimov, and Michael Becker.

The Trip To Lake Untersee

Cross a treacherous crevasse aboard a Pisten Bully (a giant snow bulldozer) with Dr. Philipp Heck as he joins Dr. Dale Andersen's team along the shores of Antarctica's frozen Lake Untersee. This is the second installment in a series of video journals by Dr. Heck documenting the 2012 joint expedition between The Field Museum, the Geological Survey of India, the Russian Antarctic Expedition, and the SETI Institute. The expedition was sponsored by The Tawani Foundation.

During the expedition, team members organized a search for meteorites and sampled stromatolites (living fossils) that can found in Antarctica's glaciers and lakes. The team's continuing research aims to shed light on the formation of our solar system and the origins of life on our planet.

Be sure to check out Video Journal #3: “Diving for Stromatolites” at

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