Meteorite Dig Kits

Research

A while ago I discovered ‘meteorite excavation kits’ and ‘meteorite dig kits’ online and in museum gift shops. The price was very reasonable for something claiming to contain meteorites, especially when bought online. So, I began to wonder what meteorites they were able to include for such a low price and bought one for myself.

Not only was I curious about the contents of this kit, I had also planned to make my own – and decided this would make for some fun research!

 

Whilst I chipped away at this block, I had my own test mixture of sand and plaster of paris drying in the background. Of course, it would be a couple of days before I would be able to dive into my own.

After breaking up the entire block I was impressed to find 5 pieces of rock buried inside. For kids, this is an interesting project with an information booklet included to identify your finds. But, for me, it was a little disappointing.

I expected to find at least one piece of meteoric rock, even if that piece was small and unclassified. Instead, the block gave up one of each of the following:

  • Impactite
  • Breccia
  • Graphite
  • Tektite
  • Peridot

Of course, this is still a fun and educational piece of kit for kids, but my expectations had been set a little higher. I did have to remind myself that this was never designed with me in mind.