KPDC, Korea Polar Data Center

Korea Polar Data Center Scientific observations and results from Antarctica shall
be exchanged and made freely available

KOREAMET (Korea Curation of Antarctic Meteorites)

Korea Curation of Antarctic Meteorites (KOREAMET) is a government-funded KOPRI program for the recovery, classification, storage and distribution of Antarctic meteorites collected by the Korean expedition party.

Approximately 60,000 meteorite specimens have been recovered from Antarctica since the mid 1970's by government-funded expedition parties. USA, Japan, Italy and China are continuously operating expedition parties, and Korea has initiated operations since the 2006/07 Antarctic summer season.

During the 2006/07 - 2008/09 Antarctic summer seasons, three Korea Expedition for Antarctic Meteorites (KOREAMET, the same abbreviation as curatorial homepage), recovered 29 meteorites in the blue ice fields of Thiel Mountains, West Antarctica.

In the 2010/11 season, the Korea-Italy joint expedition recovered 112 meteorite samples in Victoria Land, East Antarctica. Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) and Museo Nazionale Dell'Antartide (MNA), are each retaining half of the meteorites for classification and distribution purposes.


Changkun Park (Ph.D.)
26 Songdomirae-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 21990, Korea
KOREAMET (Korea Curation of Antarctic Meteorites) KOREAMET (Korea Curation of Antarctic Meteorites)