reply to post by skunknuts
Wow, nice thread. It won't be long until all of the meteorite hunters out there start pinpointing where this fireball went down and recover it. It
will probably be worth well over a quarter of a million dollars if its as large or larger than the average human head.
If any of you are going to search for it, now is the time because others will track it down to a very narrow area very quickly. Expect to see lots of
people with metal detectors. Just remember to take a friend or two with you when you go, and share-share-alike.
If you are seaching for the meteorite, get the landowners permission to "EXCLUSIVELY SEARCH AND RECOVER IT" in writing ("exclusive permission"
will help you out later if you don't find the meteorite on the landowners property and someone else comes in and finds it later; it won't be theirs
if they find it, it will be yours and the landowners), get it in writing to make it very legal if at all possible; and make sure you agree to split
50/50 with the landowner any recoveries.
If you don't get permission from the land owner to recover the meteorite, then you will loose the battle of ownership of the meteorite. Make sure it
is in writing if at all possible. You will loose possession of the meteorite in the courts and possibly spend some jail time if you tresspass without
permission to recover the meteorite.
Good luck to all of you meteorite hunters out there and if you do find the meteorite "DON'T CLEAN IT IF OFF WITH WATER"; gentley brush the dirt
off. IF its the wrong kind of meteorite (Pallasite) and you clean it off with water you will have destroyed a very valuable meteorite (Pallasite).
You won't have destroyed it right off the bat, if its the wrong kind of meteorite to be cleaning with water, but the iron in it will start oxidizing
much faster than it should.
The bright flash in the videos is a small explosion occurring on the main body of the meteorite, smaller particles exploded off of it. The speed with
which the meteorite was traveling means that it probably created a hole and is buried a foot or more under the surface of the earth. The smoke trail
of the meteor as it shot across the sky is zig-zaggy only because the wind currents made it zig-zaggy.
At the very "least" the meteorite should be worth well over $100,000 and you can bet people who hunt meteorites are flying in from all over the
country to locate this meteorite. If you should find the meteorite don't sell it right away to anyone, hang on to it and show the media to get it
promoted; which increases its value. Don't give anybody any pieces of the meteorite or any slices of the meteorite, because there will be lots of
people and universities who will tell you they want to study it. If they want to study it, then they can buy it instead, these universities are rich
already and pay handsomely for slices of meteorites. Every time you chip off a piece the meteorite becomes less valuable. Meteorites are usually
sold by the GRAM, not by the pound. Larger meteorites bring a premium, especially this one since so many people saw it falling.
You can sell it whole and then let the buyer start slicing it up and selling it by the slice. If there are small particles of this meteorite left in
the surrounding soil very close to the impacted meteorite be sure to recover them also, don't let someone else come in and get free samples. Make
sure you have permission to recover the meteorite.
Don't worry about selling the meteorite, once you get in front of a news camera and tell the story about the meteorite, the buyers of meteorites will
find you. Don't sell until you have found the highest bidder, and there will be a lot of pressure put on you to sell for a low price so that they
can make a big mark up. Don't forget to put the meteorite in a safe place that has insurance on it. Yes there are people who will want to steal it,
and if you have made a deal for 50/50 with the land owner and you loose it, you will still have to pay the landowner whatever the courts deem that the
meteorite was worth. Just because you let it get out of your possession doesn't mean that you won't owe the land owner for his/her loss; because
you will have to pay them no-matter-what happens.
This meteorite does exist, it did not burn up. You can tell that it didn't burn up by the speed that it was traveling. Meteors that burn up drop
very slowly with flames. This meteor was cruising at high velocity, it's out there waiting to be recovered, who will be the lucky finder?
If you are going to search for this meteorite and you think that you are serious about finding it, do yourself a favor and take a camera along with
you. You can buy a cheap camera(s) at Walmart or some other store. The pictures you might take, might be worth more than the meteorite to you later
on. If at all possible get a picture of yourself shaking hands with the land owner (before) and shaking hands with the land owner and the meteorite
(after) showing that you have reached an agreement. If you should go to court for some strange reason, those photos could help your case in a very
Your best chance of pinpointing exactly where the fireball went down is to call all of the police and sheriffs departments in the area of the fireball
and ask them about who called in and gave reports on it, and get their phone numbers and call the eye witnesses who were really close. This is how
many proffessionals pinpoint the area very quickly.
Meteorites are extremely valuable, the average person is not aware of how valuable they are because others can and do make a living off of meteorites
and they don't let out their secrets as to how much meteorites are really worth.
Just to give you an example of the rip offs that occur, check this out. A farmer found a meteorite about 50 miles away. He called a nearby museum
and told them he had a meteorite. The man from the museum came out and told him that he would pay the farmer what it was worth; $2,000 for the
meteorite the size of your head. Within a month the man from the museum sold the meteorite for $368,000 and walked away a very rich man. There is no
evidence of this meteorite in the museum now, or ever. So, don't sell your meteorites for low prices, and don't believe meteorite hunters when they
give you a low bid. Meteorites the size of a pea are worth a $100.
The very exact same thing occurred out at Greensburg about 10 years ago. A farmer found a huge meteorite and took it into a land agent in town. He
contacted a professor from KSU or KU and the professor told the farmer he would give him $2,000 for it, supposedly what it was worth. The professor
sold it for a huge profit and the University never was none the wiser.
[edit on 15-4-2010 by RussianScientists]