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A Japanese field party (Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition 10 (JARE-10)), traversing in the Yamato Mountains of Antarctica in December 1969, recovered nine meteorite masses from ice-field surfaces. These meteorite masses were of diverse types, a fact that set in motion systematic searches for further meteorites. This was initiated by the JARE-15 field party in the austral summer of 1974, which recovered 663 meteorite masses from the ice fields. So many finds led to a hypothesis explaining the unusual concentration of meteorites on the Antarctic ice fields, and later parties searched systematically, according to this hypothesis. The JARE-20, JARE-29, JARE-39...

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