FAQ

Welcome to my Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ) Page! Here I will be posting Questions submitted throught my Contact Page, Facebook, and Twitter Accounts.

 

1. Faissal Bouzada From Facebook asked: I just wonder how we can find kinds of meteorites witch dont react to magnet or to metal detector…???

  • Answer: Jodie Williams
    Ok those are called carbonaceous chondrites.They are a rare type of stony meteorite which contains large amounts of the magnesium-rich minerals olivine and serpentine and a variety of organic compounds, including amino acids. Although fewer than 100 carbonaceous chondrites are known, accounting for only about 5% of chondrite falls, they provide a … See Moregreat deal of information about the origin of the Sun and planets, and even of life itself. And like you said they are not Magnetic. The only way to hunt them is by the naked eye! First they will have to have been a freshly fallen meteorite and still have a fusion crust (easyer to I.D.). Or have lots and lots of experience (visually) with this type of meteorite. Hope this helps, I have yet to see in person myself a carbonaceous chondrite Meteorite.

    Here’s to the perfect hunt!

2. Faissal Bouzada From Facebook asked: I have had a carbonaceous chondrites but, i ask about lunars and martianns witch react very very little to magnet..the detector detect them? …

  • Answer:Jodie Williams
    I found this in an article here. http://meteorites.wustl.edu/lunar/moon_meteorites.htm
    Lunar meteorites contain a much smaller amount of metal than ordinary chondrites, so they are only very weakly magnetic. Also, they have densities similar to terrestrial rocks; they’re not heavy for their size, as are most meteorites.

    And I foud this here. http://tea.armadaproject.org/caldwell/1.5.2003.html
    It is important to remember that only certain types of meteorites can be found with a metal detector. In parcticular the ordinary chondrites, certain carbonaceous chondrites, and iron meteorites can be detected. Other carbonaceous chondrites, achondrites, lunar meteorites, and Martian meteorites do not contain enough iron metal to produce a response. Thus, there is an inherent bias in the meteorites that one can find with a metal detector.

    So sorry to say… No, you can only detect them visually.

Here’s to the perfect Hunt!