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Finding a meteorite is not very common, but they can be found just about anywhere. Meteorites are rocks from space that have traveled through Earth's atmosphere and landed on the surface of our planet. They are so rare because when rocks travel through the Earth's atmosphere at very high speeds, they burn up and if anything remains, it is typically fairly small in size.
However, while rare, meteorites are occassionally found on the surface of Earth. Many land in the ocean, but some end up on land. There are a few signs to look for:
- Is the rock magnetic?
- Does the surface look dark, smooth and glassy on the outside?
- Does the rock feel very dense (heavy for its size)?
- When you rub the rock on a ceramic plate, does it leave a streak of color?
Meteorites are typically magnetic, have a smooth outer surface, are very dense, but leave no streak behind. If you do see a streak, you most likely have a mineral on your hands. The minerals most commonly mistaken for meteorites include hematite (which leaves a red-brown streak) and magnetite (which leaves a dark grey streak). Both of these minerals are quite dense and can trick you into believe you've found a meteorite.
Feel free to send us photos and descriptions of anything you believe may be a meteorite. firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have different types of geologists who can come talk with your group, whether that's for a club, classroom, school-wide assembly, or other types of community programs. Please contact Dr. Molly Yunker, OGS's Education & Outreach Coordinator to explain what type of presentation you're looking for.
If you've felt an earthquake, you can report it both to USGS as well as to OGS.
To report an earthquake to OGS, please click here. You will fill out a brief form and submit it to our seismic technicians. Thank you.