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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 coveted and valuable meteorite.
Most metal detectors will locate iron, but you'll want one that covers a large area and penetrates much deeper into the Earth to find the more valuable meteorites. This includes the entire Quantro Sensing line of metal detectors for both land and water, which are specifically geared to locate large iron items and penetrate to great depths. Lorenz metal detectors, especially the Lorenz X5 and/or X6, have been a favorite for a number of Kellyco's customer's meteorite discoveries worth tens of thousands of dollars. Other recommended metal detectors for meteorite hunting are Minelab's Explorer SE, E-trac, and Sovereign GT . White's XLT, Spectra V3i and DF X, Fisher's F75, Teknetics's T2 as well as the Garrett GTI 2500 with the depth multiplier. (If you're not sure what detector to use, please call any of our certified metal detector experts toll free at 1-800-898-6673 & 1-800-327-9697).
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.
Several Kellyco customers have spent years dedicated to finding meteorites right here in America, and our good friend Murry Crowe at Mojo Outdoors found one that weighed 49 pounds! He later recovered 9 others in the same area with his Lorenz DeepMax III purchased from Kellyco Metal Detectors.
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.
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