AEROLITE METEORITES EXPEDITION SCRAPBOOK Part Two
Meteorite hunters and meteorite hunting
Photographs by Geoffrey Notkin, except where noted    Back to page one >>>
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BRENHAM STREWNFIELD
Second Kansas hunt, spring 2006

Steve Arnold, Geoff Notkin, and Sonny Clary returning to base camp after a day hunting the Brenham strewnfield with ATVs and specialized metal detectors.

Camera: Nikon 8700


 

VACA MUERTA
Chile expedition, spring 1997

A sun-bleached horse skeleton in the Vaca Muerta strewnfield reminded us that we were in a hostile and potentially dangerous land.

Camera: Nikon FE


 

GOLD BASIN
Mohave County, AZ, second hunt winter 1999

Relaxing under the spotty shade of a majestic Joshua tree inside the Gold Basin strewnfield.

Camera: Nikon FE


 

POPIGAI CRATER
Siberia expedition, summer 1999

After ten days inside the crater, and a temporary loss of radio contact with the helicopter base at Khatanga, everyone was somewhat relieved when the Mi-8 finally showed up to take us home — a full day late.

Camera: Yashica T4 Super  


 

LANG'S QUARRY
Herkimer County, NY, fall 2002

Hunting for fossil eurypterids at my friend Allan Lang's quarry in upstate New York. The quarry is some distance from Al's lab and workshop, so we make the trip on ATVs.

Camera: Yashica T4


 

ODESSA CRATER
Ector Country, TX, winter 1998

A view looking outwards from the center of the Odessa meteorite crater at sunset, Ector County, Texas.

Camera: Yashica T4


 

GOLD BASIN
Second Gold Basin hunt, winter 1999

Even in the winter, the Gold Basin strewnfield is a hot and rugged place to hunt. We carried enough water and supplies for a full day in the field. It was a long hike back to base camp.

Camera: Yashica T4


 

PAN DE AZUCAR
Chile expedition, spring 1997

We camped on the beautiful half-moon beach of Pan de Azucar and were taken by a fisherman to see Humboldt penguins far offshore. While at sea, we discovered a stowaway: a small cat had fallen asleep under the folded sail. He was quite distressed by all that water, but we got him safely back to shore.

Camera: Yashica T4 Super


 

POPIGAI CRATER
Siberia expedition, summer 1999

After several days at Base Camp 1, we moved the entire expedition through the center of the Popigai Crater to the site of Base Camp 2 on two inflatables, and one log raft. Note mosquito net helmets worn on deck by all hands!

Camera: Nikon FE 


 

PAMPA STREWNFIELD
Chile expedition, spring 1997

Pampa is the site of numerous stone meteorite finds. Prior to taking our truck down into the vast, sandy depression, Steve checked the ground for solidity and radioed back on the walkie-talkie. It didn't help. The truck got stuck and it took us hours to dig out.

Camera: Nikon FE


 

POPIGAI CRATER
Siberia expedition, summer 1999

On our eighth day inside the crater, the sun came up and a strong breeze blew away most of the angry Siberian mosquitoes. I took the opportunity for a bracing swim in the icy Rassokha River. Note flyswatter for protection!

(Photo © Roy Gallant)


 

JURASSIC COAST
Dorset, England fossil hunt, spring 2002

England's stark Jurassic Coast is an International Heritage Site, and known the world over for its beautiful ammonite fossils. Seminal British paleontologist Mary Anning discovered the world's first ichthyosaur near this very spot.

Camera: Yashica T4


 

POPIGAI CRATER
Siberia expedition, summer 1999

Camped on a small pebble island in the Rassokha River, I am standing in front of the "Painted Rocks," an entire cliff face of meteoritic breccia, deep within the gigantic Popigai Crater. Note mosquito helmet and gloves. The insects were constantly at war with us.

Camera: Yashica T4 Super   (Photo by Rusty Johnson)



The Aerolite Meteorites Expedition Scrapbook features original photography by Geoffrey Notkin.
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