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I want to know if a positively identified small-medium meteorite crater is located, lets say about 40 to 60 feet across. Is a big meteorite always found, buried under the ground, at the (center?)bottom of that hole??

(A crater does not have to always be on the harder surfaces of the desert but can also be on the softer deeper clay-black dirt farm land and prairie too.)

Thank you.

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Meteorites are not always found in the center of their impact crater. Depending on the angle on the impact they can be deflected out (bounce). If you did find an impact crater search the area around it also.

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Thank you very much freelancer79d, that helps. I never thought of a meteorite coming in at an angle and on the impact, being deflected out, bouncing beyond the crater, then the area around it would have to be searched also. BUT harder soils would do this more often than softer soils would, I would think. In softer soils the meteorite would tend to sink in the ground more and not deflect as much. Then in soft soils the meteorite should always be down in the impact crater hole??

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I believe laws of physics;size, composition, speed, etc will determine if there is a body in the bottom of the crater. In one of the meteorite books there is an approximate size ( ten tons for an iron, I think) over which the incoming body will come apart, vaporize and generally fall apart on or near impact...and there will still be a crater such as the Az Meteor Crater...they dug a lot of holes looking for the big piece before someone showed that it could not be there...

Fred

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Hi Freelancer,

Thanks for the link. When I was at the Tucson Show, I bought a small crusted fragment of that very same Tamdaht/Tishka and it even has pounded-on sand stuck on it that is the same color as in the picture. Very cool!

\ Thanks, Ben

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