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Bring Home a Meteorite

Bring home a souvenir from space with metal detecting.  Frontier Gold Prospecting leads expeditions into the Gold Basin meteorite field near Kingman, Arizona.

A Unique Location and Attraction

Gold Basin is a truly unique part of the world. "As far as I know, this is the first 'fossil' strewn field found outside of Antarctica," says David A. Kring, geologist and senior research associate with the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The area is strewn with "Gold Basin L4 chondrites" but it's not unusual to find other classifications of meteorites in the area too.  Gold Basin is truly a meteorite hunter's dream.

A Visitor from Outer Space

Gold Basin was the site of a spectacular meteorite impact.  Radiocarbon tests at Arizona State University initially dated the Gold Basin meteorite as being approximately 15,000 years old.  This date was confirmed in 2001 (plus or minus 600 years).  Kring has theorized that 15,000 years ago, a small asteroid hit the earth's upper atmosphere with an energy of somewhere between 10 and 1,000 tons of TNT.  Preliminary evidence suggests the asteroid/meteorite may have been two to three meters in diameter.  It lost energy as it plowed through the earth's ocean of air, then exploded approximately 10 to 30 km above the ground.

An Experience That's Out of This World

Whether you're a serious collector or an amateur space enthusiast, our meteorite hunting trips make a great outing.  Our experienced instructors will help you learn some of the best ways to find meteorites.

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