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Filming the meteorite search

Caroline, Sunday 15 October 2006

We left Forrest and set off with the BBC team to a place called Camel Donga, our next meteorite collecting location. Camel Donga’s only a couple of hundred kilometres from Forrest, but it took us a while because the BBC were doing quite a bit of filming along the way. It was VERY hot, over 40°C, with strong, hot and dry winds coming from the north.

BBC crew © Caroline Smith

BBC crew © Caroline Smith

The BBC took lots of footage of us driving the 4-wheel drives, as well as filming us actually hunting for meteorites. Camel Donga is a great place to look for meteorites. In the mid-1980s there was a large fall of eucrite meteorites here - about 25 kg have been found so far. These are called Camel Donga meteorites after the place where they fell. Iain Stewart, the BBC presenter, actually found a meteorite while we were filming! They can be quite hard to spot, even when you’ve been looking for a while and have got used to the terrain.

Camel Donga meteorite © Caroline Smith

Camel Donga meteorite © Caroline Smith

We were all very tired by the end of the day, and tried to get as much sleep as possible although it was difficult as it was still very warm.

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