Meteorites - University of Alberta Museums

What Can We Learn From Meteorites?

The University of Alberta Meteorite Collection is home to some of the most well-preserved extraterrestrial rocks available for research including the Tagish Lake Meteorite. This meteorite travelled from a dark, carbon-rich asteroid in the outer reaches of the asteroid belt and fell onto the frozen surface of Tagish Lake in northern British Columbia, on January 18, 2000. Within a few days, specimens were collected and have been kept frozen ever since, preserving original components that date to the beginning of the Solar System; over 4.5 billion years ago. The world's first Cold Curation Facility was built at the University of Alberta in order to keep these meteorite samples pristine and to enable their study.

The meteorite in the photo is a thin slice of a Bruderheim meteorite. The University of Alberta holds the world's largest accumulation of Bruderheim fragments from the 1960 meteorite fall, the biggest in Canadian history.

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Thin slice of Bruderheim Meteorite

University of Alberta Meteorite Collection

Fast Facts:

• Largest university-based Meteorite Collection in Canada
• Over 1,300 specimens from nearly 200 localities world-wide
• Home to a majority of the 16 meteorites recovered in Alberta
• Houses meteorites from the Moon and Mars