National Institute of Polar Research (Japan)

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National Institute of Polar Research
National Institute of Polar Research (Japan) logo.jpg
Abbreviation NIPR
Formation 1973; 44 years ago (1973)

National Institute of Polar Research (国立極地研究所 Kokuritsu-kyokuchi-kenkyūjo?) is the Japanese research institute for Antarctica. The agency manages several research bases on the continent:

Research Centers in the NIPR[edit]

The NIPR has several research centers on Antarctica topics. Among others there are meteorological, geological, glacier motion, life science, ice dynamics, etc. Since 1969 the NIPR started collecting meteorites. Their Meteorite Collection contains almost 17000 specimens of meteorites - one of the world's largest meteorite collection. The Antarctic meteorite research in the United States is guided by ANSMET.

Antarctic Stations[edit]

Planetary Science Education[edit]

The NIPR Antarctic Meteorite Research Center loans a set of 30 thin sections of various meteorite types. The Institute prepared 20 sets of this collection. They were used in several European countries, too: in Hungary, Romania, Denmark, Belgium. In the set students can study the most interesting meteorite types. Even Lunar and Martian meteorites can be found in the set.

See also[edit]


  • Yanai K., Kojima H., Haramura H. (1995): Catalog of Antarctic Meteorites. NIPR, Tokyo
  • William A. Cassidy, Meteorites, Ice and Antarctica, Cambridge University Press (2003), ISBN 0-521-25872-3

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°42′45″N 139°24′32″E / 35.71250°N 139.40889°E / 35.71250; 139.40889