METEORITE OR METEORWRONG?

desert pavement

Some deserts are good places to look for meteorites; others are not. In the U.S., many deserts are paved with stones (alluvium) that have weathered off the surrounding mountains. Meteorites probably occur in such deserts, but they would be very difficult to find.


The Chihuahuan desert of Big Bend National Park. The rocks in this photo are mostly limestones.

A meteorite on a desert pavement in Libya.

A meteorite on a desert pavement in Morocco.
 

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Prepared by:

Randy L. Korotev


Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis


Please don't contact me about the meteorite you think you’ve found until you read this and this.

e-mailkorotev@wustl.edu