Meteorite Hunting

It might seem with all the media coverage that meteorite hunting has been given recently that this is a new occupation. In fact the origins of meteorite hunting go back to the beginnings of human history. Before man knew methods to smelt iron from its ores iron meteorites were used as a source for what was then a metal more valuable than gold.

For centuries meteorites were looked upon when they fell as either a good omen or a bad one. It all depended on the opinion of the ruler at the time and place. Mysticism and wonder surrounded these stones that fell from the sky. Gradually as more meteorites fell and were recovered it became clear that their origin was from beyond the Earth.

Today we have modern tools and methods for hunting these rare stones today. It has become a weekend hobby for many and the full-time occupation for a hand full of dedicated individuals. With some study and some perseverance it is possible to go to old fall areas or the open desert and recover a meteorite yourself. Few other things are as thrilling as being the first human to ever touch a rock that landed here from space. It is an experience that is quite literally out of this world.

The Old Woman Meteorite Finds a Home

The Old Woman Meteorite Finds a Home

The second largest meteorite discovered in the United States has found a new home back in the area of its discovery. The meteorite was found in 1976 by three prospectors in the Old Woman Mountains of San Bernardino County. Over the next several years it was on display in many venues of the BLM including […]

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Two Meteorite Hunters Nightmare

Two Meteorite Hunters Nightmare

This true adventure from many years past will help prove that we always know what we’re doing and that we never get ourselves into any trouble! By Jim Tobin and Paul Harris Thick Clouds and fog early did not bother them, many trips over the high pass made them confident that the sky would be […]

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