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Re: UK Meteorite Hunting
I would recommend checking the stone fences that farmes build out of rocks from
their field. They may be quite old and they are somewhat protected from the
elements. Good luck!
> Hi List,
> Inspired by all the tales of meteorite hunting you guys do over in the US, and
> by the "Z" lights incident the other evening, I've been wondering how I could
> go about tracking down some over here in the UK before I move to the States
> before year's end...
> Of course, the problem is that the UK is a very small "target", surrounded by
> a LOT of water, and quite a proportion of what land there is either covered in
> forests or is totally exposed to the weather, and you all know how sh- how
> *bad* our weather is, right? (It's raining heavily as I write this, so hard
> that if it doesn't let up soon I'm seriously considering building a big boat
> and rounding up pairs of animals...) So anything older than a century or so
> will be - literally - history now.
> I have had an idea though, which I'd appreciate some advice or coments on..? I
> live in a heavily farmed area, with a lot of ploughed fields, and I was
> wondering if it would be worth asking local farmers if I could scour through
> their rock piles in search of any meteorites they'd dug up during their
> labours..? It seems like my best bet, to go through a concentration of rocks
> rather than just walking around with my eyes on the ground waiting to stumble
> across something. I don't own a metal detector (but to be honest using one of
> those around here might be more bother than it's worth, there are lots of old
> mines around here, and the fields are burial grounds for old farm and
> agricultural machinery, and a lot of furnace slag is lying around), so it
> would be a case of me sitting there on a rock pile, like a gnome, with my
> trusty magnet and magnifier, checking out suspects... what are my chances?
> Has anyone done something similar, with or without success? I'd be interested
> to hear any UK or non-desert meteorite hunt stories. Feel free to mail me
> privately if this is an old topic...
> I just feel like I should *try*, you know..?
> Finally, on the aforementioned "Z" lights story... I spent a good deal of my
> away-from-the-computer time yesterday (all two hours of it!) reassuring people
> that no, it doesn't mean that death is going to rain from the sky at any
> moment "like in that film" (which means "Deep Impact" as "Armageddonoutofhere"
> hasn't opened here yet). Seriously though, this is the second UK fireball
> report in a couple of months, and as I said we *are* a very small target...
> coincidence? Or is there a precedent for such a nocturnal bombardment..?
> Best wishes to all,
> Stuart A
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