Researchers have discovered that more than 100 well-preserved meteorites that were found near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border this fall have a high iron content.

It's estimated that about 10-thousand small pieces fell to the ground when a meteor streaked across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta on November 20th.

University of Calgary geologist Alan Hildebrand says most of the rocks date from four-and-one-half (b) years ago, adding they reveal more about the origin of the solar system.

He says there's no doubt that when recovery efforts resume in the spring, they'll manage to find at least one-thousand of the dark, dimpled rocks, which would set a Canadian record for the largest number of pieces found from a single fall.