Meteorites found on public lands may
be casually collected by recreationists and hobbyists. The limit on the amount that may be casually collected is meteorite
specimens up to ten- pounds that can be easily hand-carried and transported, per person per year. Collection is from the surface
only. Motorized and mechanized equipment is not allowed; however, use of metal detectors is permitted. Meteorites may be collected
without a permit or collection fee. Casual collection is for personal use only, and therefore, cannot be bartered or sold
for commercial purposes.Meteorites may be collected
for scientific and educational purposes under a permit issued under the authority of the Antiquities Act. The applicant must
be a qualified researcher, and any property collected under this type of permit remains the BLM property. The meteorite collected
under permit must be curated in an approved repository that conforms to curatorial standards provided in 36 CFR 79.Meteorites may also be commercially collected under a permit issued under the authority
of FLPMA. The applicant must pay an application fee, a purchase price based on a unit price or the percentage of fair market
value on the amount of material to be removed, and a reclamation fee, as appropriate. A permittee must also comply with all
environmental laws and regulations for surface disturbing activities on public lands.
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The finger rests on a 123-gramGold
Basin Chondrite Meteorite (lower left of the six).
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Check out these facts from “Meteorite Man”Geoffrey Notkin
Most meteorites that have fallen
to the Earth (93%) are chondrites or achondrites (stony meteorites). A smaller fraction of them are iron meteorites (6%),
or pallasites and mesosiderites (stony-iron meteorites; 1%).
A statistical study of the rates of meteorite falls suggests approximately 17 meteorites more than
0.1 kilograms (0.22 pounds) in size fall in Arizona each year. Two- to three- of these samples weigh more than 1-kilogram
(2.2 pounds), and are about the size of your fist. A meteorite weighing more than 10-kilograms (22 pounds) falls every 2-
to 3- years.
Since 1687, over 1,000 meteorites
larger than two-lbs. in size are believed to have fallen in Arizona. Of this large number of meteorites, only 32 have
been recovered, and only 1 of these (the Holbrook meteorite) was observed to fall.
A meteorite is
a natural object originating in outer space that survives an impact with the Earth's surface. While in space it is called a meteoroid. When it enters the atmosphere, impact pressure causes the body to heat up and emit light, thus forming a fireball, also known as a meteor or shooting star. The term “bolide,” refers to either an
extraterrestrial body that collides with the Earth, or to an exceptionally bright, fireball-like meteor regardless of whether
it ultimately impacts the surface.
Meteorites have traditionally been divided into three broad categories: stony meteorites
are rocks, mainly composed of silicate minerals; iron meteorites are largely composed of metallic iron-nickel; and, stony-iron
meteorites contain large amounts of both metallic and rocky material. Modern classification schemes divide meteorites
into groups according to their structure, chemical and isotopic composition and mineralogy.
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Rule on Meteorites found on FEDERAL Land:
In the United States, meteorites
are the property of the person upon whose land they are found. If a meteorite is found on federal lands, then
government officials consider it to belong to the government and, under an interpretation of the 1906 "Antiquities Act,"
meteorites found on federal lands belong to the Smithsonian Institution. National parks and public lands generally
prohibit removal of rocks from them. To report illegal collecting or vandalism call, 1-503-808-6596.
Wisconsin, admires the chondrite meteorite he found during his Arizona Meteorite
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At the end of the last Ice Age, the "Gold
Basin" meteorite exploded above northwest Arizona, and spread itself over more than 130-square kilometers of what
is now Mohave County, Arizona. This makes Gold Basin, the only “fossil” strewnfield outside Antarctica. What
makes this area even more unique are the strewnfields from other meteorites that cross and combine with it. This makes
Gold Basin one of the richest meteorite hunting locations in the world. Over 4,500 documented meteorite
finds have been made in the strewnfields of Gold Basin. Read more about the Gold Basin Meteorite here:
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