Most people who would like a meteorite, would consider purchasing one of these fallen stars…
These are not your average Treasures.
Meteorites are Older and More Valuable Than Anything Else You Can Dig Up!
When most people think of buried treasure, the image of Spanish gold bars and Pirate’s loot comes to mind, buried hundreds of years ago for safe-keeping. But beneath those traditional treasures and easier to find, lies something much more valuable than gold and diamonds put together – and what treasure these meteorites make.
What is a Meteorite?
A meteorite is sometimes known as a fallen star or moon rocks. They are pieces of space rock that have landed on the earth’s surface after surviving a fiery journey through the layers of our atmosphere. Each one is unique in shape and size, and is made of either stone or iron. The iron meteorites that lay beneath the surface are heavy and instantly stand out as unusual. The most common meteorites are made primarily of iron and nickel, & are known as either “Iron” – “Stony Iron” or “Chondrite” meteorites – and these are the kind that you and your metal detector can find!
Meteorites are Real Treasures!
Meteorites are rarer than gold, platinum, diamonds or emeralds. Owning one is the only way to touch the cosmos, and the demand for such an experience is quite high all over the world! Many have called them the “truest form of black gold,” and they often sell for £ 250.00p per gram or more…
Where can a Meteorite be found? Meteorites are entering the Earth’s atmosphere every day, amounting to more than a hundred tons of material! Fallen meteorites are witnessed about 30% of the time and the rest go unnoticed. According to the data base of the Meteoritical Society, about 1500 verified meteorites have been found in the U.S. in the past 200 years – and with today’s advances in metal detectors, the number goes up every day!
How Can I Find a Meteorite?
After you’ve picked out a good location and done some research, the first thing you’ll need is a high quality metal detector that can help you find a meteorite.
All metal detectors will locate iron, but the one you’ll want, covers a large area and penetrates deep into the Earth to find the more valuable meteorites, forget those expensive detectors such as the entire commercial range of metal detectors for both land and water, which are specifically geared to locate large iron items and penetrate to great depths, you will more than likely find an iron ore vein with one of them and not the tiny meteorite, any good quality metal detector has been used to good effect by enthusiasts in America, a lot of meteorite discoveries have been made which have been worth tens of thousands of dollars, other metal detectors for meteorite hunting could the some of the high end & costly Minelab range of detectors, Whites Spectra VX3, Spectra V3i MXT range, First Texas range of metal detectors are good as the meteorites can seen on the screen as you detect once you know the range of numbers, Fisher’s F75, Teknetics T2 & T2se, as well as the Garrett GTI 2500 with the depth multiplier, but as long as you can monitor the iron signals and the metal detector is a good brand then use it, as not all meteorites are deep as a lot are on the surface, as they have been turned over & over until they reach the surface, by commercial farming or the natural effects of the ground percolating, I have somewhere a stick with a strong magnet attached which for years I used to walk around with when detecting, why did I stop ? I have no idea, I think I will re-invent that idea…
It has been reported that scientists have successfully found meteorites in the cold depths of Antarctica thanks to the help of metal detectors. Some have felt that the ability to ground balance or cancel out the dominate background rock has been the most important improvement to metal detecting technology over the years, and has allowed them to find meteorites in glacial moraines. Thanks to the help of a metal detector, twenty meteorites were found in only four hours of searching in Antarctica, but you must remember that there is not a lot of iron or even metal in the ground to interfere with the detectors signal, or ground cancelling and compensation.
Many meteorite hunters have found this to be much more than just a hobby, and have become very serious meteorite hunters. Among the legendary stories that many hobbyist share there is one of a hunter who grossed over a half million dollars in meteorites found around the world. One such meteorite was sold for $50,000 in auction.
How Can I Tell if I Found One?
Most metals found on Earth are either man-made or a meteorite. A piece of metal without holes or bubbles in it may be a meteorite. If you think you’ve found one but aren’t sure, rub your find on a piece of unfinished ceramic tile. If the streak is red, the mineral is hematite and not a meteorite. If you don’t have any ceramic tile lying around, try to break a piece of your find off. If it is a meteorite, it will be similar to naturally-occurring steel, and you probably won’t be able to break it no matter how hard you try.
click the link below; this is an update, and a nice surprise for a new home owner… https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6244755/Rock-used-door-stop-30-years-turns-100k-METEORITE.html