Metal detectors can find a lot of different things, including meteorites! Many meteorites that fall to earth are made up of iron and nickel. As a result, metal detectors are adept at helping unearth them. If you’d like to go meteorite hunting with your metal detector here are three professional tips to help get you started:
Head for the Desert
Although meteorites fall everywhere around the earth, because of their structure, meteorites are better preserved in drier climates. So, while you may find a meteorite near you, if you head for the desert or other arid area the likelihood of finding a meteorite is much higher.
Bring the Right Accessories
Given the composition of meteorites, metal detectors can help you find the majority of them. Look to gold prospecting metal detectors since the feature set you’ll need for meteorite hunting is similar.
In addition to your metal detector you’ll also want to bring along metal detecting headphones, a good digging tool, and a GPS. If you have a good carrying case for your finds this is helpful too so as to not damage any meteorites or other treasures you might find.
Get Your Meteorite Documented
After you find a meteorite, having a professional review and document of its finding will add knowledge and value to your specimen.
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