Students all across the country are now learning hands-on about the importance of minerals and mineral exploration through an interactive CD-ROM produced as a collaborative effort between the Geological Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and Science North in Sudbury.
The Canadian meteorite recovery rate is modest. Only a dozen have been recovered in the province of Ontario, which is five times as big as the state of Kansas where over 110 known meteorites have been collected. Low population density and inclement weather may conspire with terrain and land-use factors to hinder recovery of falls and finds alike.
The richest collecting ground for meteorites on Earth is the Antarctic plateau. In most other parts of the world meteorites are camouflaged by other rocks and easily broken down by rain and temperature changes.
Winter in the sub-arctic region of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (NWT) is not the average person's idea of a great time. One must really enjoy the cold and the snow in the vast north as the winter is relentless. However for me, a third year geological engineering student, it was a dream come true.