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BYU Geology/Astronomy Club Meteorite Search

Tule Playa, June 2009

Where Earth meets sky, the BYU geology and astronomy clubs found common ground. At least 20 of us met in hopes of claiming the 14th classified meteorite find in Utah on a rainy June Saturday. Despite the difficult weather, we managed to spend several hours clearing portions of the playa. Most of our searching is done by visual comparison, as with ANSMET and other searches, but we did have some metal detectors along to aid in the subsurface searching. The playa, fairly small in size and surrounded by steep cliffs, was reminiscent of Death Valley's Racetrack Playa, without the race tracks. We did find cryptobiotic soils and varying crack spacings, and even a car that may need just a touch of work. (My horizon leveling skills also need some work...) To add to the fun of the playa and each other's company, results are pending on a possible find!

Here are my favorites:


The club embarks Cracks Dark sky bright mountain
Wet playa Meteor...rights?? Meteorwrongs

Video of the wetting of the playa

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Please credit Jani Radebaugh for all pictures, thank you!