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Metal Detecting for Space Rocks

I found my first meteorite with a metal detector when I was 16 years old.  It was a 1 kilogram iron, buried under 6 inches of soil.  It is not practical to swing a metal detector over randomly-selected sites, as the odds of finding a new meteorite are virtually zero.  On the other hand, if meteorites have already been found in an area the metal detector becomes an indispensable tool for locating sub-surface specimens.


A couple iron meteorites that the author and his colleague found using a metal detector.

Every signal must be dug, but not all signals are meteorites!


There are many types of metal detectors, but only a small number of these are suitable for meteorite hunting.  Most metal detectors will be helpful in locating irons, provided that "discrimination" can be disabled so that iron targets will register.  Metal detectors designed for gold prospecting (Gold Bug, Goldmaster, many MineLabs, etc) are suitable for detecting stony meteorites as well as irons.


Jim Kreigh metal detecting in California.  A friend and I discovered a large number of stony meteorites in this area.

After we collected the obvious surface samples, we invited Jim to the location.

It was fun to watch Jim swing his machine systematically and slowly as he recovered small meteorite fragments buried below the soil.