Utah Meteorites

If you are interested in hunting Utah meteorites, you’ve come to the right place.  Here I will provide the most up to date information and resources for the state of Utah.

Upheaval Dome Crater

One of the most notable landmarks would be the Upheaval Dome located in Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah.  Here you can see a crater that is about 5 kilometers wide.  The meteor impacted some 170 million years ago.  If you would like to visit, please see the official National Park Service web site at https://www.nps.gov/articles/cany-upheaval-dome.htm.

Utah Meteorite Strewn Fields

On November 18, 2009, a fireball was witnessed over Utah.  Calculations seem to estimate that it may have landed somewhere in the Dugway Proving Ground near Salt Lake City.  Here is a news story on this event.

Utah Meteorite Finds as of 2018

Here are where significant meteorites have been found so far as of November, 2018

Gunlock, Utah – 18 pound specimen found in 1982.  Two pieces found on south slope of Padre Hill.

Salina – Found in 1928 in the Pahvant Mountains.

Drum Mountains – Heaviest iron meteorite found weighing 1,164 pounds in 1944.

Salt Lake City – Stone meteorite found in 1869

Altonah – In 1932 an iron meteorite weighing 48.4 pounds was found near Moon Lake outlet.

Park City – A 27 pound specimen found

Duchesne – A 50.6 pound iron meteorite found in 1961 on Mount Tabby

Moab – 42.9 pound iron meteorite

Other smaller meteorites have been found in Arches, Tule Valley, Cricket Mountains, Wah Wah Valley, Sunstone Knoll, Beave Lake Mountains, Poison Spring

For more details and exact locations of these impact sites, please see the Meteoritical Bulletin database at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php

 

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