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#1 Lucullus

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Posted 13 June 2016 - 01:17 PM

Assuming you find a meteorite. You want to be 100% sure and give it, or a piece of it, to a geological institute for investigation. They find out it's really a meteorite. As you found it and it would probably be lost to humanity if you didn't take it with you and made the effort to have it analysed, you clearly deserve something. Do they give you the meteorite back after you pay for the analysis or do they keep it? Or do they even claim the other pieces which you didn't hand in for analysis?

How is finding a meteorite handled and do you even have a chance of owning/keeping one that is found to be a real meteorite - after all, you have to get it analysed if you want to be sure?



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Posted 13 June 2016 - 02:56 PM

Hi,

 

First, most geologists don't have much knowledge of meteorites. So don't give them your meteorites.

In the United States most meteoriticist are not interested in looking at rocks from the general public. They have been flooded with meteor-wrongs in the past. A few will look at your rock, they will charge you for this. If you want to get it published you will also need to donate 20 grams or 20% of the rock which ever is smaller.

 

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Peter



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Posted 13 June 2016 - 05:30 PM

Is it also defined per country if you have ownership? Like if you find a black rock in the flat sandy desert of Saudi Arabia or in Antarctica?

 

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Posted 13 June 2016 - 06:31 PM

Hi Lucas,

 

Yes each country or state has different laws about the ownership of meteorites.

 

In the USA the meteorite belongs to the property owner. I have no idea what if any the laws are in Saudi Arabia. In the Antarctic they belong to "science" and must be curated in a scientific institution and made available for study.

 

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Peter



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Posted 11 July 2016 - 12:23 AM

Here is some more information about meteorites in general:

 

http://www.meteorite...meteorites.html

 

 

Here are some resources regarding the laws around the world:

 

http://www.meteorite...exportlaws.html

 

 

Great questions!

 

RF



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Posted 12 July 2016 - 03:16 PM

Should you give your meteorite to an institution for study make sure you get a receipt with the agreement in writing. A friend found a saber tooth tiger skull which he loaned to the local college. They refused to give it back! 




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