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  1. I have been pretty consistent finding a few meteorites hunting the gold basin placers lately, nice finding something in between finding a nugget. I’m averaging at least a tiny piece of gold maybe about 75% of the time most of these have been shallow 3” down or less and ring strong out on the 6000 like a large caliber bullet on the surface, they are a great motivator to dig all the trash sounding targets because they sound just the same.
  2. Howdy 🙂 It's great to see this site is a rather active one. I hope to be of some contribution and I know for sure I'll learn a lot from many of you along the way. My main interest in metal detecting is for finding meteorites. I owned and operated a used White's Goldmaster V/Sat from 2011 to 2020 when it was stolen from my vehicle. So... I've been hunting for a replacement ever since. I'm a fairly active member on many of the meteorite Facebook groups and I'll be catching up on all the meteorite topics that have been discussed in this forum. I enjoy just swinging the detector and digging up all them good targets. A few of my more interesting earthly finds have been an 1899 Canadian 5 cent piece, a handmade copper earing of a wolf or coyote howling at the moon and a really nice blebby copper nugget. Happy to be here.
  3. Hellow everyone! Iam new to this forum and what I have looks like a meteorite. It has a dark brown fusion crust, contraction cracks,strongly magnetic and heavy for its size. I actually contacted two universities and i was told that this rock might be a chondrite. So I have high Hope of it being a meteorite.
  4. One of my finds with my new Deus II this weekend while detecting at a local baseball field was what I thought a chunk of iron. Upon looking at it tonight, I was expecting it to be highly magnetic; it was not. A strong magnet will attract to it, but it struggles to stick to it. I hit it a couple times with a hammer to see if I could break off any crud from the outside. A chunk came off, and it exposed a bright, metallic looking substrate. It is very heavy for its size. I tried scratching the metallic area, thinking it may be lead, but it would not scratch with an aluminum chain link fencing piece. Any help would be appreciated as to whether this could really be a meteorite. If I need to cut it to find out, help with what direction to cut would also be super! Update--I used a file on it, and it barely took anything off. The metal is very hard. Update 4-28-22--The close-up pics were taken using a USB microscope.
  5. The top 10 craters are impressive. Think about how many are unknown! https://www.livescience.com/45126-biggest-impact-crater-earth-countdown.html
  6. What was the last meteorite found in the USA Mainland? How 'bout worldwide? 'Falling Stars' are visible every evening somewhere on this planet I would think, but finding them is something else of course. I used to watch Meteorite Men on the Science Channel years back. What were those cats names? Gregory maybe and one other guy. It always interest me . . . how meteorites were located and hopefully found. I remember one they found that was huge like maybe 3' in diameter. It wasn't from a recent fireball that someone saw falling. I always wondered why they were looking on this particular large farm & pasture land? It was like 6' deep. I think they were using a custom 2-box detector on wheels. It lay along the side of a long fence line. Did anyone see that particular Meteorite Men? Anyways meteorites are cool! Later, Billy
  7. The 6000 coaxed another meteorite out of Gold Basin, this is the largest I’ve found and reminds me of a chocolate brownie. It was baked and left at the edge of a shrub the two pieces that fit like a puzzle to the meteoritic brownie found near by. this was an aluminum can loud signal a 1” boot scrape made it even louder, a couple quick scrapes with my pick pulled a dense heavy rock out from about 4 inches down.
  8. Hi Guys, Found a possible meteorite near Coolgardie (West Australia) last Friday. I'm in the process of getting an authority to either confirm or decline it as a proper meteorite. I've had two agencies reply so far who are quite confident its the real deal and the most likely candidate is a 'H Chondrite'. It was found while I was gold detecting and produced a very strong signal on my Minelab 7000. Depth about 200mm. No other ironstones or hot-rocks in the area. Very quiet ground. Fingers crossed! Anyway, it was gently extracted with my plastic scoop in easy digging soil and came as 5 separate fragments that I managed to make fit together back home once I washed all the soil of them pretty nicely! Went together like a jigsaw! Here's some pictures. Cheers folks. Jim.
  9. It's not gold related, nor is it coin and relic but a lot of us also search for space rocks... talk about pennies from heaven... Jen It's
  10. It was a 1 in 100 billion chance but ... https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/14/world/canada/meteorite-bed.html
  11. Good morning! Hoping for a little help with this rock. I found it with my Excal in the Boise river(South West Idaho). It was a faint dull sound with the Excal so I picked it up and tossed it in the bag hoping for some gold after I rinsed the sand off later. No signs of gold, but it is quite odd. Got the Equinox out at home and it reads -6 to -8 but faint. Maybe a meteorite of sorts? It was in an area of the river that has a fairly strong constant flow. Approximately 58g and 6cm x 3.5 cm x 2cm height. Appreciate any help!
  12. I need help identifying this rock please. I found this around Louisiana a few weeks back. To me it looks like raw Platinum or an ore maybe. I’m not really good at this yet haha. It’s not magnetic at all, it’s weight is 3.7 grams, and it’s streak is too hard to get, as it only scratches the plate. So possibly even a meteorite? Idk heh. Thanks you!!
  13. You can buy it this month at auction. https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27190/lot/11/
  14. Today found me deep in the Nevada outback, searching for those elusive gold nuggets with my trusty Minelab GPZ 7000. Towards the end of the day, I heard a nice, narrow double target response from the detector, just like the small and shallow sub-gram nuggets make. After pinpointing the target with the edge of the GPZ 14 coil, I plunged my plastic scoop into the loose soil, where it encountered a rock about 3 or 4 inches deep. Removing it from the soil, I immediately noticed that the rock was unusually dense; rubbing the dirt from the stone revealed the familiar rusty tin can color and smooth, regmaglypted surface typical of a weathered chondrite. The stone meteorite had a couple of broken surfaces, so I carefully searched the area with the detector for more fragments and soon received another double target response that turned out to be another stone of about the same size and depth as the first, and around 8 feet downslope. The two fragments fit together perfectly, just like a jigsaw puzzle. This meteorite is my third Nevada cold find since 2008. Area where the two chondrite fragments were dug, one at just 3 o'clock of the detector coil, and the other at the tip of the scoop handle: The two fragments reunited, with a total mass of 276 grams:
  15. A meteorite is tracked back to its beginning with the help of a sky camera! https://www.livescience.com/meteorites-botswana-from-vesta-originally.html?utm_source=Selligent&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LVS_newsletter&utm_content=LVS_newsletter+&utm_term=6578252&m_i=owCgqp5L9ntOMytAIIbJqm02cPRvhR40QaCjx5_rvwsSDtxaYE85ZhrzKKAZJxC6CO6K0WFQcLx9E9YxpvhnpNvFUNP8ktCo%2BQCYz_Zoon
  16. On my way to Rye Patch last Thursday morning about 1:17 AM I was on 395 and observed a meteor or 'fireball event' that was just incredible. I now see that there is a video that does not do it justice. Before I put a link to that video and those reports let me tell you what I saw and how I reported it. This is what I saw: About 20 minutes north of Ridgecrest on 395 I had just gotten out of my car. As soon as I opened the door I could see it coming. It was several objects burning in the sky with 6-7 separate streaks. It was a dark night and no moon. It was perfectly clear where I was and I thought I was just looking at a huge screen TV. The height seemed to be that of a commercial jet but this was much larger. It didn't remind me so much of a meteor as it did space junk. I guess we'll find out more about that later. It was just a coincidence that I stop at this particular time and place. I probably would not have seen it or I would not have seen as much of it if I was still in the 4Runner. Most of my report is in the report itself. So, what do you do when you see an 'event' of your own? Well, I drove all night to go looking for some gold at Rye Patch so that is what I did. That night I had to sleep. The next night I had a chance to get on the computer and ask the question 'What was that?' Where do you go, what do you do online to report something? As it turns out you go to REPORT A FIREBALL at the American Meteor Society. https://www.amsmeteors.org/ When you get there you can click on Report a Fireball. You will get asked a series of questions to describe what you saw in a technical way that will let the software develop a map of the event as you and hopefully many others saw it. You can upload pictures and video. You can also search for events from all over the world. So, I reported and I didn't see my report with the others. As it turned out there is a pending report file and if you don't state it as they are compiling it then your report will not be added. I now knew my event number was 4094 so I edited my report and it was added to the 29 others and still counting. It was a very, very neat experience. The video now posted on YouTube is only 1/100th of what I saw. I had better than a front row seat. I was in the middle and there were no heads or clouds in my way! Here is the report link: https://www.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2018/4094 Here is the video: https://www.amsmeteors.org/videos/?video_id=1445 Mitchel
  17. Now this is a somewhat subjective category but maybe we can make our own and add others. What do you think is a famous meteorite? I would say Meteor Crater in Arizona. The meteorites in question are actually called Canyon Diablos. Here is a list from LiveScience and it doesn't include Canyon Diablos. https://www.livescience.com/15445-fallen-stars-gallery-famous-meteorites.html
  18. “A giant crater that was formed when a meteorite smashed into Earth, has been uncovered deep below Greenland’s ice sheets. The 31-kilometre-wide cavity was discovered by an international team of scientists who believe it was caused by a “rare” meteorite that struck Earth as recently as 12,000 years ago. Evidence suggests the crater was formed when a kilometre-wide iron meteorite penetrated seven kilometres into the Earth’s crust. Since then it has been buried under the thick ice of the Hiawatha Glacier in northwest Greenland. It is the first time ever that an impact crater of any size has been found underneath one of Earth’s continental ice sheets.” Click here for the rest of the story
  19. This family heard a thud and in the morning they found ... https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56337876
  20. Rare meteorite found by gold fossickers sold to Geoscience Australia after lying undiscovered for 4.5 billion years - ABC News https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-18/qld-gold-fossickers-sell-meteorite-to-geoscience-australia/100015142
  21. I eyeballed/ picked up a rock that looks sorta like an Apollo space capsule from a farm field.It has a paper thin black crust and grey interior where a farmers plow broke it, but my magnet won't stick to it. How do I tell if it is or isn't a meteorite? There is a parking lot there now. There are sparkles inside the rock. I hear there are stony meteorites that are not magnetic? I'll find the rock and post a photo later. -Tom
  22. There are thousands of meteorites discovered all over the world. Some areas preserve meteorites better than others. The oceans for instance degrade most of them and other climates make it nearly impossible to find them. When they are found they are studied and classified. This meteorite was: A lonely meteorite that landed in the Sahara Desert in 2020 is older than Earth. The primeval space rock is about 4.6 billion years old, and is the oldest known example of magma from space. This meteorite is an achondrite, a type of meteorite that comes from a parent body with a distinct crust and core, and lacks round mineral grains called chondrules, according to the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University. https://www.livescience.com/meteorite-asteroid-early-solar-system.html
  23. Christie's had an auction for meteorites. I read the results and the prices obtained were WAY over the estimates. You can also use these pictures as good meteorite ID photos in case you are wondering 'Do I have a meteorite.' https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/deep-impact-martian-lunar-other-rare-meteorites/lots/2006
  24. If you saw a meteor fall from the sky how would you find the meteorite? There are many cameras looking at the sky. A calculation can be made and give an estimate where the strike would happen. This would be the beginning of the trail and then eye witnesses would assist. This is what happened with this iron meteorite in Sweden. https://www.thelocal.se/20210223/meteorite-hunters-find-swedens-first-ever-new-fallen-iron-metoerite
  25. This is a really great paper describing how you can use the latest technology (AI) and algorithms to locate meteorites. Now just imagine what else you can find if you have the time and knowledge. There are a few here on this forum who will be enlightened by this article but certainly not surprised. It is just a matter of time that we process massive amounts of data quickly. https://arxiv.org/pdf/2009.13852.pdf
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