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I was just wondering if there were any known places in Washington state to find meteorites? Or even in Idaho or Oregon, a little driving helps spread the gas wealth around.

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Gene, There is a couple of links below that are useful. There first is a general short list, go down to the state you interested in, find a meteorite name and copy it. Then travel to the next website The Meteoritical Society, then enter a meteorite name your interested in, then up pops the offical entry, then go to the bottom, and enter meteorites found within XX kilometers of this meteorite, enter a big number, then in the resulting list, go to the google earth icon on the right side of the page and hit it (helps if you have Google Earth running in the background, but it should auto load and run), then the Google Earth will bring you to the spot. Good Luck Hunting!, also remember to GPS and photo every find, and please share the photos of your finds with us. Clifton

http://www.meteorites4sale.net/Locations/MainLocation.htm

http://meteoriticalsociety.org/simple_template.cfm?code=home_intro&CFID=4176925&CFTOKEN=60808520

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Hello Gene and Others:

Having lived in Washington State my entire life and spent many man-hours in the field searching for WA meteorites I can report that this area is simply not a good place to find meteorites. There is no question that they are here, but finding them here is exponentially harder than states to the south. The problem with the known meteorite finds in WA (in particular, east of the cascades) is that they probably do not represent strewnfields and are the likely result of massive ice age floods that shaped eastern Washington and deposited meteorites from the ice. You're probably more likely to find a new meteorite than one paired with any of the known Washington irons. If you are prepared to commit many hundreds of man hours to it then I would recommend finding ancient surfaces in far eastern Washington and starting there. Unfortunately, we do not have any large dry lakes or other stranding surfaces. One thing is for certain: a new WA state meteorite would be a historical event! Go for it!

Cheers,

Mike Bandli

www.HistoricMeteorites.com

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Hello Gene and Others:

Having lived in Washington State my entire life and spent many man-hours in the field searching for WA meteorites I can report that this area is simply not a good place to find meteorites. There is no question that they are here, but finding them here is exponentially harder than states to the south. The problem with the known meteorite finds in WA (in particular, east of the cascades) is that they probably do not represent strewnfields and are the likely result of massive ice age floods that shaped eastern Washington and deposited meteorites from the ice. You're probably more likely to find a new meteorite than one paired with any of the known Washington irons. If you are prepared to commit many hundreds of man hours to it then I would recommend finding ancient surfaces in far eastern Washington and starting there. Unfortunately, we do not have any large dry lakes or other stranding surfaces. One thing is for certain: a new WA state meteorite would be a historical event! Go for it!

Cheers,

Mike Bandli

www.HistoricMeteorites.com

dear mike, good morning and merry christmas, also being a wa st native and raised in wenatchee you may be right about finding metorites. my granddad was a rockhound for decades (1960-1970s) shortly after his death in 1992 i was in their basement and found a box in mama's pantry w/ a treasure trove of goodies to include two metorites (93g & 240g). until now i had no idea what i had. i can guarantee they came from central wa as dad had them labeled w/ location info. one is magnetic and the other has obvious space crystals as you can see two protruding.

you are probably right about the fact that there are not many here as dad spent countless hours searching for rocks and these are the only two i found. (unless my uncle the greedy bast--d made off w/ them) but i doubt it because these were cashed away. thanks for your info. God bless and happy holidays

ic

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I live up the Okanogan and have become interested in hunting minerals and precious metals. I have found an indentation in the wall of the Okanogan and from its size I suspect that it is very possibly a meteroite strike. It is accessable I plan on checking it out in the near future. I was wondering if there were any known sites in Washington.

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I live up the Okanogan and have become interested in hunting minerals and precious metals. I have found an indentation in the wall of the Okanogan and from its size I suspect that it is very possibly a meteroite strike. It is accessable I plan on checking it out in the near future. I was wondering if there were any known sites in Washington.

Hey Sargent ever find any thing interesting?

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Growing up in Washington my grandparents owned a home on lake cavanaugh washington,  we used to go up to visit frequently.  I distinctly remember when we would go out on my grandpas boat, and often we would go visit a spot(it’s kind of fuzzy on where exactly in the lake this is) where you could look in the water and see a meteor(atleast my grandfather told us it was one) and it looked pretty clearly like a meteor.  If my memory serves correctly I believe it was as wide if not wider than his boat.  Would love to go visit the lake for a look sometime but just in case anyone was in that area or willing to travel there with a boat.

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27 minutes ago, TacomaHaze253 said:

Growing up in Washington my grandparents owned a home on lake cavanaugh washington,  we used to go up to visit frequently.  I distinctly remember when we would go out on my grandpas boat, and often we would go visit a spot(it’s kind of fuzzy on where exactly in the lake this is) where you could look in the water and see a meteor(atleast my grandfather told us it was one) and it looked pretty clearly like a meteor.  If my memory serves correctly I believe it was as wide if not wider than his boat.  Would love to go visit the lake for a look sometime but just in case anyone was in that area or willing to travel there with a boat.

If indeed it is a space rock being that big it would be worth a fortune!

Just an FYI a meteor is still flying/moving in outer space, once it fall onto the earth or other planet/space body it is known as a meteorite.

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4 hours ago, TacomaHaze253 said:

Growing up in Washington my grandparents owned a home on lake cavanaugh washington,  we used to go up to visit frequently.  I distinctly remember when we would go out on my grandpas boat, and often we would go visit a spot(it’s kind of fuzzy on where exactly in the lake this is) where you could look in the water and see a meteor(atleast my grandfather told us it was one) and it looked pretty clearly like a meteor.  If my memory serves correctly I believe it was as wide if not wider than his boat.  Would love to go visit the lake for a look sometime but just in case anyone was in that area or willing to travel there with a boat.

Exactly what made you and your grandpa think it was a meteorite? What features did it have that distinguished it from an ordinary boulder?  Did he ever take a sample and get it tested? 

 

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