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  1. Thanks guys...much appreciated. Gold Basin would be great but might be a little too far a drive from san francisco for some kids...I'll still look into it, though.
  2. Hello all you fine meteorite-hunting folks. It's been a while, but I am still interested in meteorite hunting and geology. This is my senior year of high school (I took a year off for medical reasons) and I am formulating what my "senior project" might be, and am looking for some advice. Basically, I am planning on co-leading a week-long trip down to southern California with 5 to 7 middle school students to study ecology, geology, and astronomy. I plan on having a day or two dedicated to meteorite hunting as well. This will probably take place in April or May of 2014. Any suggestions on areas with unusual/interesting geologic formations? Any cool places to camp where you can camp and see some amazing stars? And any locations in Southern California particularly known for above-average number of meteorite finds? All suggestions/input is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Simon
  3. Thanks Frank, I'm actually a coin collector. I know a lot more about lincoln cents than I do about meteorites...lol!
  4. Thanks for the info, Mike. Glad I only paid for what I saw! I don't think the seller was from China. The two fragments had a little cardboard placard that gave information about the Nantan meteorite, like composition, location, etc. looked very official, so I dunno. Thanks again for the help. Simon
  5. Hi all, I thought I would share this recent ebay purchase. I wanted to find a nice, small-sized meteorite that had fusion crust for educational purchases, and I came across the one pictured on ebay for $10. The seller says it is an Algerian Chondrite with a mass of 14.7 grams. The seller was also kind enough to throw in some fragments of a Nantan iron-nickel meteorite as well! P.S. I included a lincoln cent for reference...I know a lot of people have those cool dice when showing how large a meteorite is. Any idea where I could get one, or if there is a special name for it? Happy new year, Simon
  6. That is an amazing find, and congrats on the getting it classified!
  7. Alright, my plan is to do a 3-4 day trip down in Barstow. First day we get there and probably relax, get any additional info we need. Second and third day we will most likely visit: -Coyote dry lake -Harper Dry Lake -Lucerne Valley I chose these 3 places because they are all within an hours drive of Barstow, which is just great. Hope everyone has a happy new year!
  8. Cool. Thanks for the info, Mike and Fred. It'll just be a magnet stick and eyesight alone, then!
  9. Do you guys think it is worth it to rent a metal detector for searching the Barstow area? I have actually never used one before...
  10. Thank you very much, Mike! Can't wait to get the hunt on.
  11. Once again, thank you to everyone that responded. Are there any good areas within an hours drive of Barstow? That is where I will be most likely staying. Thanks again.
  12. Thank you for the suggestion. I plan on looking for darker rocks that have a metallic appearance to them. I did an image search for H5 chondrite on google images, so I think I might base it off that.
  13. Hi guys and gals, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and is looking forward to a great new year. I am planning a trip down to SoCal in perhaps a week or two, my main point of interest being Coyote Dry Lake (looked it up from this site: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/index.php). I am choosing this location, because it seems to have a lot of finds, at least according to the site I looked it up on. Has anyone searched here before? Any luck? Tips? Thank you in advance. I am just beginning, but am learning quite a lot. I noticed that a lot of the finds listed are H5, so I will bring along a big magnet stick. (I don't have a metal detector...is it worth renting one?) Thanks again, Simon
  14. New reports are coming in that it landed in a different location, so anyone planning to head to Martinez should reconsider. Astronomers now predict that it landed somewhere between Petaluma and Sonoma. Well, just got back from the hunt. Didn't find anything, but that was to be expected. It was a beautiful day anyway, so at least I got to go on a few nice hikes. Good luck to anyone else that goes to search. Most of the area where it was expected to fall turned out to be private land, so my options were somewhat limited.
  15. Well, which one did YOU mean Fred? At any rate it was probably a mix of both. I'm thinking of going a little more north of Martinez, like Benicia or Vallejo. If pieces did make it to land, the larger fragments should have gone farther than the smaller pieces (I think?). So it would be better to search north of the supposed landing site.
  16. That's what I was thinking. Hopefully I get to meet some other hunters.
  17. I know it's a long shot, but I'm going to go check out the Martinez Hills area Saturday with my mom. There are some places to hike there. Probably won't find anything but you never know!
  18. There are reports that pieces may have landed in the Martinez Hills area, so maybe I will go out this weekend and check it out. (Sorry to double post, I can't edit my posts for some reason)
  19. Cool, thanks for the link! My first thought was that it was an earthquake, but there were none recorded at that time. Awesome to know that it really was a meteor.
  20. Hi guys. Long time no talk. Hope everyone is doing well and having some great finds. Just informing that there was a possible meteor sighting in the Bay Area. Around 7:45 PM, I was eating dinner when I heard a muffled boom sound that vibrated the whole house. About a half hour later, the local news channel suggests that people saw a large fireball streak across the sky in the Bay Area. Not sure if any pieces made it to the ground, but it sure was a unique experience for me. Simon
  21. Sorry, a little new to the ins and outs of the forum. I will make sure to use it next time.
  22. Thanks guys. I've been experiencing 107 degree weather here, so I think it's a no-go. However, I'm thinking about paying a visit to Cuddeback dry lake bed (saw a sign for it on the way down) on a future trip, and will look into the locations mentioned. I agree that right now is not the best time to go weather wise...it is SO HOT here! Oh well, thanks for the tips. Hopefully I'll get to search again soon. Happy hunting to all!
  23. Hello fellow hunters, I am going down to Temecula in southern California thru monday. I have been trying to research any dry lake beds or good sites to search, but have come up with nothing. If anyone knows about dry lake beds in that general area or along the way (driving down from san francisco) it would be greatly appreciated. Happy hunting to all. Simon
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