It Came Out Of The Sky, All 2.3 Lbs.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Duke Lindsay and Cindy Harmann with their find. Photos by KLH | Eye

Duke Lindsay and Cindy Harmann with their find.
Photos by KLH | Eye

Kevin L. Hoover

Eye Editor

HUMBOLDT – Duke Lindsay and his wife Cindy Harmann find all kinds of things on local beaches, simply because they look for them.

Duke is from Utah, a state popular with paleontologists for its abundance of fossils. “That’s where I got started,” he said.

The meteorite comes with its own carrying case.

The meteorite comes with its own carrying case.

On April 11, Duke and Cindy were beachcombing on Agate Beach, where it’s fairly easy to find semi-precious stones. There, lying on a sand bank, was what Duke immediately recognized as an iron meteorite.

“I was excited,” he said.

The 1,052 gram/2.3 lb. lump bears the typical appearance of iron-nickel alloy meteorites. It’s the largest one Duke has ever found – most are thumbnail-sized.

Iron is common in the universe, and is one of the elements formed during nuclear fusion inside older stars, which then explode and send the material out into the galactic mix.

Duke and Cindy are advertising the meteorite for sale via the Co-op info kiosk at a price of $4,000. They don’t really want to sell it, but, says Cindy, “We can’t hold on to everything.”

The meteorite comes in its own carrying case and is cossetted in a plaid cloth.

If you’d like to buy it, contact Duke Lindsay at (707) 382-9372.

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6 Responses to “It Came Out Of The Sky, All 2.3 Lbs.”

  1. Are they sure they're asking the right price? I saw a thing on TV a while back on meteorites and some sell for $30k or more.

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  2. Eric Mamajek

    First time I've heard of a meteorite found on a beach. So if has been exposed to water for a while, why is not more corroded? It looks like many other iron-nickels – and you could pick one up at a gem/mineral show that size for a couple hundred bucks (e.g. Campo de Cielo). I've left iron-nickels like that just exposed to humid air for a few years and they look way more rusty than that one. If it is isotopically and morphologically distinct from other widely available iron-nickels than I might believe it – but that would take some testing. As for "$30k or more" – that is only for really, really huge meteorites or very tiny special ones (e.g. lunar or Martian meteorites). Iron-nickels are very common.

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  3. Matt Steele

    I am skeptical of this story. As Eric said below, a nickel-iron meteorite on a beach in Humboldt County would be HEAVILY oxidized and probably wouldn't last very long before it corroded away. My meteorite collection has to be oiled regularly to keep the rust off. This one must have been professionally cleaned prior to that photograph (which the article didn't mention). Secondly, why was it sitting on TOP of a sand dune? Sounds more like somebody left it there than an in-situ discovery. Also as Eric mentioned, $4,000 is about double what I would estimate its worth. No offense to Duke and Cindy if I'm wrong about the first two points, its a great find if its real.

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  5. I will give u 10 dollers.

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