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Arizona Meteorites

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Hey Everyone, I am new to the site and new to meteorite hunting. My 6 year old son is fascinated by meteorites and has 4 meteorites. We went down to the Tucson Gem show and met Geoff of the Meteorite Men TV series and bought a rare earth magnet. I found a map which shows areas where meteorites have been found in AZ. My question is, where is a good place to look for them? I'm not looking for anyone to give away any valuable info, just trying to figure out if more than 1 meteorite has been found in one of these areas on the map. Maybe a strewn field area?

Thanks in advance.

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Hey Everyone, I am new to the site and new to meteorite hunting. My 6 year old son is fascinated by meteorites and has 4 meteorites. We went down to the Tucson Gem show and met Geoff of the Meteorite Men TV series and bought a rare earth magnet. I found a map which shows areas where meteorites have been found in AZ. My question is, where is a good place to look for them? I'm not looking for anyone to give away any valuable info, just trying to figure out if more than 1 meteorite has been found in one of these areas on the map. Maybe a strewn field area?

Thanks in advance.

Hello newazhunter. You will find lots of good info if you go back through the threads on this list server. In AZ, two of the more popular place to hunt are known strewn fields... Gold Basin and Franconia. There are a few dry lakes and old earth areas that have proved to have meteorites too. What kind of gear do you and your son have? Now-a-days in AZ, I have not heard of anyone finding meteorites on a consistent basis and a lot of luck is the main factor. For me and my wife, it's an enjoyable hobby. Just getting out and hunting is good enough for me. I get a kick out of finding just about anything with my metal detector....except for nickles.

So, get geared up and have some fun!

Jim

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WOW! That's pretty cool. Thanks for posting that map!

Have one for Montana???? LOL!!!! Nevermind, I intend to start building Montana's this summer.rolleyes.gifthumbsupsmileyanim.gifrolleye0012[1].gif

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Hey Everyone, I am new to the site and new to meteorite hunting. My 6 year old son is fascinated by meteorites and has 4 meteorites. We went down to the Tucson Gem show and met Geoff of the Meteorite Men TV series and bought a rare earth magnet. I found a map which shows areas where meteorites have been found in AZ. My question is, where is a good place to look for them? I'm not looking for anyone to give away any valuable info, just trying to figure out if more than 1 meteorite has been found in one of these areas on the map. Maybe a strewn field area?

Thanks in advance.

Good morning. You need to log into the meteoritical bulletin which lists every verified / classified meteorite in the world. In the "places" window type Arizona and all the Arizona meteorites will be listed (108. There is data for every meteorite including total weight. If you download google earth onto your computer, there is a google earth link that will take you to the coordinates of the find as recorded. Not all the coordinates are accurate, especially for finds that are early 1900's or before. Some are not accurate because the finder did not want to report accuracy, just general information. Two documented large strewn fields in AZ are Franconia and Gold Basin in North Western AZ. Thousands of stones have been recovered, but generally you need a metal detector to hunt effectively in these areas. Good luck and have fun.

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newAZhunter, welcome, glad to see another Arizonan come aboard here.

The first place I suggest you look is the metbull, the Meteoritical Bulletin here: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php

You can search by state, or by county in a state, and it will bring up a listing of all known meteorites there. Google Earth has an overlay of impact sites, and the info from the metbul can be pinned to GoggleEarth also. Meteorites are like gold, the best place to look is where they've been found before.

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