Hunting For Meteorites In New Mexico


What Are The Odds of Finding a Meteorite?

Most of all meteorites that have been found are found in deserts. Yes Antarctica is actually considered a desert, only because the annual precipitation rate is very very low.

Are meteorites worth money?
Meteorites are actually quite valuable, up to about $1,000 per gram. Collectors want them for their own reasons and scientists want them to be able to study them. Meteorites are actually rarer than gold, platinum, diamonds or emeralds, mainly because they are not found here on Earth.

Yes, it is possible, anything can happen if you only just try. This can be the worst vacation that you will ever attempt or it my make you rich! You will be looking for a needle in a haystack, but there are thousands of hay stacks to inspect. Due to the fact that you will be searching for Meteorites.

Each year 10s of thousands of meteorites strike the earth. This is your chance to discover one. You certainly have the chance to state that you have gone into the Twilight Zone.

Did you ever go on a weird getaway? Well this one is out of this world. Did you know that you can find meteorites with a metal detector? Even though you might just think that a meteorite is just a rock from space, they do have minerals and sometimes metal properties that will be picked up by a metal detector.

Hunting for meteorites does not need to be a bone chilling experience to the Antarctic where the temperature level can be roughly 50 below and the wind can exceed 100km/h for days at a time. Wind gusts well over 200km/h have been measured as well.

Meteors enter the earth atmosphere all over. They impact everywhere, but because the earth is so big and the populated areas are fairly small in comparison, we don’t really notice many of the meteorites entering the atmosphere and impacting the ground.

The technique in discovering them is to look where they have had a less likelihood of being affected by the natural forces of the earth and have not been damaged by weathering.

This implies that deserts are an excellent location to look for meteorites. Deserts can change over the centuries, and deserts don’t always have major weathering. One location that has had a fairly large discovery area of meteorites seems to be in New Mexico. Metal detectors can cancel dominant background rocks. We are talking about ferrous and non ferrous metals in rocks here. Because of this, that will boosts the detector to discover meteorites. Metal detectors produce a continuous hum, the volume and pitch of this hum increases as the detector passes over the metallic item.

Is my rock a meteorite?
There are three classes of meteorites: stony, iron, and stony-iron. A meteorite is heavier than an ordinary rock and will be attracted to a magnet. The condition of a meteorite can range from fresh to very weathered, fresh meteorites have fusion crust, and an aerodynamic shape.

Spud Diggers – Metal Detecting in New Mexico with the MXT All Pro – We found some nice relics

Short Class on How Metal Detectors Work

A metal detector is a portable electronic gadget which permeates the ground magnetically in order to find traces of metal. Part of the appeal of metal detecting is this unidentified factor, keeping beginners and experts on a consistent scan for new sources of metal and more promising places.

Some metal detectors can discriminate in between various metals, allowing users to decide if a specific discovery would be worth digging up. Some professional treasure hunters use very discriminating detectors set only for valuable metals, however enthusiasts tend to check out even the less profitable hits.

Metal detectors are electronic gadgets that are utilized to discover traces of metal usually from the ground, a person, or cargo. This metal might be anything from discarded pieces of aluminum to buried treasures. These gadgets can permeate sand, soil, wood and other non-metallic compounds. Many metal detectors, hand held, and the walk-through ones at the airport make use of a field-disturbance detector.

When a conductor passes through a magnetic field, a part of that magnetic field is disrupted, distorted and minimized. You can do the same thing by jumping rope with a piece of wire rather of the rope. As the wire cuts through the earth’s magnetic field, a percentage of electrical energy is produced at the end of the wires.

Electro-magnetic induction is the development of an electric field by a varying magnetic field. The electric field might be produced, according to Faraday’s law of induction in 2 methods: by the movement of a conductor cutting across the lines of magnetic flux of an electromagnetic field or by a modification in the magnetic flux going through a coil immersed in a non constant magnetic field.

More Common Metal Detecting Questions

Why is the metal detector important?
Metal detectors are useful for finding metal inclusions hidden within objects, or metal objects buried underground. If another coil is used to measure the magnetic field (acting as a magnetometer), the change in the magnetic field due to the metallic object can be detected.

What can metal detectors not detect?
Metals that are detected by a Metal Detector are gold, silver, iron, copper, brass, aluminum, tin, lead, and bronze. On the other hand, the metals that are not highly conductivity of electricity are considered as non-metal or non-detectable object. Gemstones, bone, diamond, pearls and paper are non-detectable objects by metal detectors.

How do you find a lost diamond?
Fluorescence is your friend. Many diamonds will give off a colored luminescence when placed under ultraviolet light. Use your hands and feet. It’s not going to bounce where you think. Diamonds are grease magnets. Double check your purse. Use a flashlight. Sweep the floor. Now if your diamond is still attached to your ring, any metal detector will find it.

Will a fake diamond sink in water?
For the floating test, you need a loose diamond and a glass of water. If the diamond is real, it will drop to the bottom of the glass due to the high density of the stone. If the diamond is a fake, it will float on the surface of the water.

Do real diamonds shine in the dark?
So the answer to the question is “No, Diamonds do NOT Sparkle in the dark!” They need light (which is why Jewelry Stores have tons of it).

Can a metal detector detect a phone?
Metal detectors can’t distinguish between cellphones and other objects made with metal. Even though some say phones do not have much metal in them, most phones these days can be found with any metal detector.

Who invented the first metal detector?
Alexander Graham Bell invented the first metal detector in 1881. His first electromagnetic device was called the induction balance. At the time President James Garfield was dying of an assassin’s bullet. Alexander Bell quickly invented a very crude metal detector in attempt to locate the fatal slug. This attempt was unsuccessful, but it was the first ‘metal detector’ ever made.

Will a magnet stick to gold?
If it’s real gold it will not stick to the magnet. Real gold is not magnetic, fake gold will stick to the magnet though. If you have a ‘gold’ necklace that leaps to a magnet, your significant other has some explaining to do.

Relics In New Mexico - Photographer Rob Johnson
Relics In New Mexico – Photographer Rob Johnson (Spud Digger)

Locations For Metal Detecting / Treasure Hunting

When you think about treasure hunting, perhaps precious stones and gold coins come to mind, however it does not end there. You can begin in your own attic to see what treasures you discover. You might be surprised what old lost items you might have stored away and forgotten about.

Promising Locations For Metal Detecting Finds

If you’re at a loss on where to begin searching for buried treasures, get your metal detectors and tools all set since we have a number of tips in mind for you.

National Forests – It’s a good place to start checking out due to the fact that many rangers are rather willing and polite to help metal detecting aficionados like you. **Check your states laws before heading into a National Forest.

Yards – Yes, simply your own backyard could do, especially if it’s OLD land. If you are detecting someone else’s yard, make sure you ask permission first and it never hurts to guarantee them a share of your finds if that will help in getting a yes from the land owner. States vary, some let you keep the findings if you have permission, some states you have to split the findings 50/50.

Parks – There are most likely more parks in your city then you’re aware of. Take out that city map and have a look to ensure you’re not missing out on any.

Beaches – With the sun, the breeze, and the waves doing their things, it’s no surprise that beach fans are so overtaken nature’s charm that they tend to lose some of their belongings.

Group Treasure Hunts – If you are part of a local metal detecting club in your area most will host group treasure hunting outings.

Play Grounds – These places are perfect if you are new and want to get some practice and learn your detector. You are not going to find much outside of some change and a possible toy now and then. Of course there is always a chance of a parent pushing their kid on a swing and losing a diamond ring.

Fields – Old farmsteads can have a treasure trove of older items, or if you are in the UK some fields have caches of gold or silver coins. You best best is at the end of the year after farmer have plowed their field and are done using it for the winter. Get out there and get digging before it gets to cold out. (ALWAYS ASK PERMISSION) Fields also can include old battlegrounds from the Civil War era. (AGAIN following state laws)

Woods – Research old and brand-new trails in your local woods. Ask coworkers and buddies where they go hiking and where they stop to rest when they do so. Also inquire about bike and horse riding routes in your location.

Riverbanks – Drop by at your public library and research riverbanks that were once used for ferryboat landings. These particular spots are more likely to yield much older and very delightful finds than other locations.

Creeks – Talk to good friends and learn where their preferred swimming holes are on local creeks. What about their preferred fishing spots? Any place where individuals gather along a creek is a prospective good metal detecting area.

That’s simply a small list of fantastic metal detecting spots to get you started. Be sure to always have permission to hunt the spot you choose, leave the place as you found it, and be safe.

May your next terrific find be right around the corner! And possibly in among the fore mentioned metal detector hunting areas.

If you find the right places to hunt, metal finding can be rewarding both personally and financially.

A Word of Warning

Wherever you decide to search for long-forgotten and long-lost treasure, make certain that you have legal authorization to do so at that place. Also following all state laws for your area. Ask around if authorization, a license, or if any legal file is needed prior to your hunt.

Jason Smith

Former Marine, IT Guy & Builder of Websites.  I have 5 US states left to visit. I enjoy hot springs, adventures, hiking, photography, sci-fi, wine, coffee & whiskey.  I am fluent in sarcasm, name that tune, & speak in movie quotes.  I spend most of my time building websites, fixing computers, metal detecting, magnet fishing and gaming occasionally.

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