Meteor hunter searches Kansas farms for space rocks

Wired.com features the story of Steve Arnold, who searches for prize meteorites on Kansas Farms.

How do you find a meteorites on farmland without digging up an entire crop? Arnold uses a special metal detector that is towed behind a tractor, scanning for the nickel ores found in falling stars.

If the detector finds a signal that looks like a potential buried meteor, shovels and backhoes are brought in to dig it up. If the meteor hunters are lucky, they find buried treasure from the sky. Sometimes all they unearth are beer cans or horseshoes.

Meteor hunting is now a big business, with collectors paying into the thousands for the best finds.

Are you a farmer who has found meteors among your crops? Do you have a story to share? Post a comment and tell us your story.


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