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CHINARE found four pieces of different types meteorites in the Grove Mountains Area which is more than 400 km far from the Zhongshan Station for the first time in 1998. It was confirmed that the Grove Mountains area is a new area rich in meteorites. In 1999-2006 total three science traverse teams were dispatched and 9,830 pieces of meteorites were found in the middle range of ridge, Harding Mountain, and Zakharoff Mountain in the Grove Mountains area, and this amount enables China to be in top rank of those countries owing meteorites in the world. At present our country owns 9,834 pieces of the Antarctic meteorites, mainly stony meteorite, stony meteoric iron, and meteoric iron, among which are two Mars meteorites, one Kitchen God Star meteorite, and other rare and unique meteorites.
The meteorite samples collected from the Antarctica by China are state owned and curated in PRIC,who builds the Antarctic meteorite depository. To prevent weathering resulting from the thaw of a little of snow and ice on the surface of the meteorite, all of the meteorite samples are kept frozen. At present, several domestic relevant expedition organizations are cooperating in the classification of the samples.
Till the end of 2007, there are 1400 meteorite samples which have been digitaled in the database.