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How To Find Meteorites

Revised 2010 Edition

by Eric Wichman

Most people don’t know you can own a meteorite much less find one practically in your own back yard. There's a very good chance there's been meteorites found very near where you are right now. There's been over 50,000 meteorites found in the world and 1600 of those have been found right in the united States.

Know Where To Hunt For Meteorites The first thing you need is a place to hunt. If you live in the southwest U.S. you are in prime meteorite hunting territory. This area of the country lends itself to the preservation of meteoritic material. Because of the southwest’s

arid climate, and low annual rainfall, meteorites are more preserved here than in any other part of the U.S. Meteorites contain iron and iron is prone to corrosion, therefore a dryer climate will preserve meteorites for a longer period of time. That’s why more meteorites are found in the Sahara desert than any other place on earth!

Northwest African meteorites (better known as NWA meteorites) are plentiful because the climate is perfect. The Sahara desert covers the entire northern region of Africa! Anywhere there’s “Old Ground” and the climate is arid, you’ll most likely find meteorites . They’re hard to find and rarer than gold but when you find one there’s a chance there’s more in that area.

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