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December 14, 2005

Source: University of Calgary:

Record year for meteorite recovery in Canada

Third discovery by Winnipeg rock collector proves meteorite "dumping ground" theory.

The discovery of four new meteorites in 2005 makes it a record-setting year for recovering rocks from outer space in Canada and also confirms a University of Calgary scientist’s belief that an extraordinary concentration of meteorites left behind after the last Ice Age is located in southeastern Manitoba.

The Prairie Meteorite Search has confirmed that Winnipeg-based rock collector Derek Erstelle has become the first Canadian to discover three separate meteorites, all from a relatively small area east of Winnipeg near the Ontario border.

News conference and interview/photo opportunities:

A news conference to discuss Canada’s latest meteorite find will take place at the Manitoba Museum planetarium on Thursday, Dec. 15 beginning at 10 am.

Derek Erstelle, U of C planetary scientist Dr. Alan Hildebrand and officials from the Manitoba Museum will be in attendance and available for interviews after a brief presentation. Video B-roll will also be provided.

The Manitoba Museum is located at 190 Rupert Ave. in Winnipeg.

A map with driving directions is located at:

Media contact:

Grady Semmens
Media Relations Advisor - Research
University of Calgary
Phone: (403) 220-7722
Cell: (403) 651-2515


Janna Klemen
Media Relations Advisor
University of Calgary, External Communications
403-220-4756 (Direct Line)
403-282-8413 (Fax)



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