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Name: Earl
Status: other
Grade: 9-12
Location: NY
Country: USA
Date: Summer, 2011

Is there an instrument to locate a meteorite on the ground? If so at what distance?

Dear Earl,

I am not sure. I do know that they are much more common than most people think. Your best device would be a simple metal detector, but get a good one designed for detecting gold. It would detect the presence of iron, which is in many meteorites.

One suggestion is a meteorite stick, which is just a gold club with its head removed and replaced by a magnet.

Also a camera and a GPS so you know exactly where and how you find a meteorite!

Good luck. But also do not forget to look at the sky to see meteors that appear often there!

Sincerely David H. Levy

Since most meteorites are composed of iron, a common metal detector can serve as a satisfactory meteorite detector. Different models of different metal detectors have different levels of power, so you can pick one of your own choice. You might tune into "Meteorite Men" on the DISCOVERY and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TV channels to see how it is done.

Sincere regards, Mike Stewart

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