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Crystal World buys and sells meteorites wherever they fall.
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The arid and eroded landscapes of central Australia are a great place to find meteorites.
There are many asteroid and meteorite impact craters already known in Australia, a fraction of the real total. Many more will be discovered in the future- perhaps by you!
Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater Image credit: Shire of Halls Creek.
Most meteorites now in museums and universities were found by private citizens rather than scientists.
From Australian Geographic Magazine: “The story of the discovery of the Henbury impact is very typical. “
“EXPLORING HIS VAST CATTLE station in 1899, Walter Parke came upon a feature in the landscape he could not explain. A 15m-deep, bowl-shaped depression, larger than a football field, had been gouged out of the Central Australian desert. “One of the most curious spots I have ever seen in the country,” he wrote in a letter to the anthropologist Frank Gillen. “An immense amphitheatre…To look at it I cannot but think it has been done by human agency, but when or why, goodness knows.”
Further investigation revealed 12 craters pitting Parke’s property at Henbury station, 115km south-west of Alice Springs. But their origin remained a mystery to Europeans until 1931, when local prospector, J. M. Mitchell, reported finding slugs of iron strewn across the site, “as though they had dropped from a molten mass falling at great speed.”
The ultimate goal of meteorite classification is to group all meteorite specimens that share a common origin on a single, identifiable parent body. This could be a planet, asteroid, Moon, or other current Solar System object, or one that existed some time in the past (e.g. a shattered asteroid). However, with a few exceptions, this goal is beyond the reach of current science, mostly because there is inadequate information about the nature of most Solar System bodies (especially asteroids and comets) to achieve such a classification. Instead, modern meteorite classification relies on placing specimens into “groups” in which all members share certain key physical, chemical, isotopic, and mineralogical properties consistent with a common origin on a single parent body, even if that body is unidentified. Several meteorite groups classified this way may come from a single, heterogeneous parent body or a single group may contain members that came from a variety of very similar but distinct parent bodies. As such information comes to light, the classification system will most likely evolve.
Ancient meteorite ‘older than Earth’ from beyond orbit of Mars found at Lake Eyre
Curtin University researchers Robert Howie and Phil Bland found a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite, thought to be a chondrite or stony meteorite.
A meteorite estimated to be 4.5 billion years old has been recovered by Perth researchers from a remote part of Lake Eyre in outback South Australia.
In a race against time, the geologists dug the 1.7-kilogram meteorite out just hours before heavy rains would have wiped away any trace of it.
The team from Curtin University had been trying to track the fall site since the meteorite was spotted by locals and five remote cameras in late November in the William Creek and Marree areas.