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Meteorite Men S03E03 Return to Whitecourt 12 December 2011

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Because poachers have taken so many specimens from the protect centre-area of Whitecourt Crater, Dr. Christopher Herd realized this is a job for the Meteorite Men.
The University of Alberta department of earth and atmospheric Sciences associate professor, contacted businessmen and meteorite hunters Geoff Notkin (also a collector and science writer) and Steven Arnold, co-hosts of the Science Channel program, Meteorite Men, asking for help.

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Dan likes to share what story of finding a new crater in Whitecourt, it happened the meteorite hit the ground in Whitecourt, Alberta 1100 years ago.





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Whitecourt crater is an impact crater in Alberta, Canada located 10km southeast of Whitecourt, Alberta. It is 36 meters in diameter. It is estimated at less than 1100 years.

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Few people start their day off knowing they might find a meteorite. Last week, a group of 20 people in Whitecourt set out to do just that.
In 2007, an impact crater with meteorites was discovered about 20 kilometres south of Whitecourt. The site is extremely rare and is only about one of a dozen craters in the whole world that has associated meteorites.

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Local residents will have a chance to dig a little deeper and become a part of history.
Professor Christopher Herd of the University of Alberta and his team will be making a visit to Whitecourt to conduct further research on a meteorite crater impact site. Whitecourt and Woodlands County residents are invited to take part in two separate digs on July 22 and 29.
Cheryl Lawrence, joint economic development co-ordinator for the Town of Whitecourt and Woodlands County, said this is the first time the public has been invited to come along on a dig.

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Le caillou d'un mètre de diamètre est tombé il y a mille ans dans le massif forestier de l'Alberta.
Les forêts sont d'extraordinaires conservatoires de l'histoire des sols qu'elles recouvrent. L'érosion et les perturbations causées par les activités humaines y étant quasiment nulles, elles gardent intactes les traces du passé pendant des centaines d'années voire plus. Impossibles à deviner à l'oeil nu sous le couvert forestier, tous ces reliefs peuvent aujourd'hui être mis à nu et visualisés grâce au Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging).

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Meteor crater can be educational tool
University of Alberta earth sciences professor Chris Herd was in Whitecourt on Saturday to provide insight as to what caused a meteor to fall to earth on the outskirts of Whitecourt 1,100 years ago.
In July 2007, local residents contacted Herd to see if he could explain why metallic fragments were being found at what was believed to be sinkhole in a wooded area 70 kilometres southeast of town.

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Laser finds meteor craters
Just days after a fireball lit up Prairie skies, an Edmonton scientist is hoping lasers used in the forestry industry could revolutionize the search for meteor craters.
LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) imagery originally taken for forestry purposes was used to discover a Whitecourt crater late last month, and Chris Herd believes it could uncover many more hidden meteor craters.

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About 1,100 years ago a space rock the size of a big tree stump slammed into western Canada, carving an amphitheater-like crater into the ground and littering it with meteorites, a new study found.
The rock that made the newly identified crater might have created a sky show similar to the one that tore across northern Alberta's skies in the early evening hours of November 20.
But unlike the recent fireballwhich broke apart as it streaked through Earth's atmospherethe meteorite that carved the newly announced crater would have stayed solid until impact.

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