National Geographic : 1952 Jan
22 A U. S. Army Mine Detector Hunts Meteorite Needles in Ungava's Rocky Haystack This instrument, resembling a stove lid on an elongated lifter, was expected to track down nonterrestrial particles, but earth-born metallic minerals, found in flaky abundance, kept amplifiers "singing" confusingly (page 18). On a nonmetallic terrain, only meteorite fragments would have "rung the bell." errand. I insisted two go because the boul ders still looked slippery, and I wanted imme diate help at hand in case one man got hurt. Bad weather returned with a vengeance a short time after they left. As the day dragged on, my anxiety mounted. Not until 7:30 did they make it back to camp. Heavy snow squalls had forced them to seek shelter re peatedly under large boulders. But they brought great news. "The boys said to tell you they think they are on the right trail at last," Dick reported. Last Chance to Solve the Riddle This terse report sent my hopes soaring. The section which the boys were then work ing would be a likely spot for discovering proof of a buried meteoritic mass, or a con centration of exploded fragments. My elation soon began ebbing. What the boys thought might be wishful thinking, sired by last-minute desperation. Even if they were right, there was insufficient time left for the work necessary to establish adequate positive evidence. If only we had an extra 24 hours or so at our disposal. My disappoint ment returned, sharpened by the feeling of being cheated by clock, calendar, and weather. Chubb Crater had never witnessed any thing like the feverish efforts put forth on its east rim that Saturday and Sunday. "Doc! Doc! I've got it!" Exultant and almost beside himself with excitement, Keefe came striding up to me on Sunday. "I've found the anomaly," he said. "But I need more time to study it. How much longer have I got?"