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Novato meteorite Novato. L6 chondrite. Fall. 2012 October 17, 19:44:29 PST. [More]

Sutter's Mill meteorite Sutter's Mill. CM chondrite. Fall. 2012 April 22, 7:51 a.m. PDST. [More]

Red Canyon Lake Red Canyon Lake. H5 (S1) chondrite. Fall. 2007 August 11, 00:05:07 PDST. 18.41 g. [Image by Laurence Garvie / Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University].

fireball A bright fireball was seen traveling in a SE direction (57 deg) throughout northern and central california, with reports of sonic booms and the ground shaking. A video of the fireball was obtained at the Yuba City's Sentinel camera by the late Larry R. Stange. Robert Ward triangulated the eye witness accounts putting the fall area 20 miles from the nearest road in a remote area. A single stone was picked up by a hiker, Ben Deutsch, near Red Canyon Lake (+38o 8.245'N, 119o 445.487' W), Tuolumne County, California, shortly after the fireball event.

San Juan Capistrano San Juan Capistrano. Fall. 1973 March15, between midnight and 4 am PST. Meteorite type: H6, ordinary chondrite. Two specimens with a total mass of 56g were recovered. Location: 33o29'05''N, 117o39'45''W. The largest piece, 50.5g, penetrated the aluminum sheeting roof of a carport in a mobile-home park and was picked up on the carport floor several hours later. The second smaller fragment, 5.5g was discovered about one month after the fall in the gutter of the carport roof. Source: Meteoritical Bulletin 53, p. 138-139; R. C. Finkel, D. Lal, K. Marti (1973). Cosmic ray record in the San Juan Capistrano meteorite. Meteoritics 8, 365. . Image source: Planetary Science Institute: Encyclopedia of Meteorites (Meteoritical Bulletin database).


California Meteorite Finds (outside of dry lakes)

Source: Meteoritical Database

Willow Wash - Find 2006 September 14. H3.5, breccia; S3 W2. Fa =12.8-30.9. 552 g. A single stone, fully crusted. 35o22'24.88"N, 115o20'37.95"W. Main mass with finder S. Humeston.

Randsburg - Find 2005 Jan 2. L5 (S2, W1), 112.9g stone, found by E. Melchiorre.

Chicago Valley - Find 2004 December 27 . L5, S1 W3. Fa = 24.8, Fo = 20.9. 26g. Found by S. Clary at 36o00.13'N, 116o11.78'W on desert pavement.

Chocolate Mountains - Find 2004. A ureilite. A 699 g stone was found at the base of Black Mountain by Bill Sajkowicz.

Paymaster Mine - Find 2004 October 10. L5, Fa = 25.0, Fs = 21.5. 159g. Found by J. Bringle in desert at the base of a hill: 33o11.2'N, 114o55.07'W.

Winterhaven - Find 2002 or 2003. Howardite, Fs=33.5-21.8, Wo=1.3-40.8. 2.1 kg. Found by B. Sajkowicz in Imperial County: 32o57'N, 114o40'W.

Essex - Find 2002 Febr 24. H5; Fa = 18.9. 5 kg. Found by S. Ellis in San Bernadino county: 34o36.7'N, 115o2.0'W.

Supersition Mountain - Find 2000 August 15. H5; Fa = 18.9. 333 g. Found by N. Gessler in Imperial County: 32o52'15"N, 115o46'57"W.

Old Dominion Mine - Find 2000 October 13. H4; Fa=19.8. 42 g. Found by J. Tobin in San Bernardino county: 34o51.575'N, 116o13.268'W.

Los Angeles - Find 1999 Oct 30. Two stones, weighing 452.6 g and 245.4 g respectively, were found by Robert (Bob) Verish (P.O. Box 237, Sunland, CA) of Meteorite-Recovery Lab in his back yard while he was cleaning out a box of rocks that was part of his rock collection. The specimens may have been collected ~20 years ago in the Mojave Desert. More here.

Bruceville - Find 1998. L6; Fa = 24.6, S5 W4. 83 kg. Found by B. Howard in Sacramento county: 38o17.7'N, 121o24.3'W. Was buried under about 2 meters of silt and loam.

Chuckwalla - Find 1992-November. IAB-MG. 1802g. Found in Kern County, CA. 35o15'N, 118o16'W. A single mass of 1.802 kg was found by Mr. Melvin English while quail hunting in the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains. Classification IAB-MG. The meteorite contains diamonds, some visible macroscopically, and many visible under the microscope. From: Meteoritical Bulletin 87.

Ocotillo - Find 1990. IAB-MG (main group). 28.57 kg. Found by Bill Hanna about 5 miles N. of Ocotillo in Imperial County. Main mass with James Schwade in Kankakee, Il.

Somesbar - Find 1977. H6. 60g (approx.). Found in Siskiyou County: 41o23'N, 123o30'W. Found by a geologist. 38g at Center for Meteorite Studies, Tempe, Arizona.

Old Woman Old Woman - Find 1976. The meteorite was found in 1976 by three prospectors in the Old Woman Mountains of San Bernardino County. The Old Woman Meteorite weighing in at 6070 pounds (2750 kgs) during its stay at the Smithsonian had a large chunk removed which weighed 942lbs. (427kgs). Second largest meteorite discovered in the United States. Meteorite is displayed at the Desert Discovery Center, 831 Main Street, Barstow, CA. Photo: Jim Toblin, the Meteorite Exchange, Inc.

Zulu Queen - Find 1976. L3.7. 200 g. Dale mining district, Pinto Mountains, Riverside County, CA. 18 miles ESE of Twentynine Palms and five miles W. of the Zulu Queen mine. 33o59'N, 115o41'W. Found by the late Mrs. Alice Zimmerman while prospecting in the Pinto Mountains. This stone is distinct from the Pinto Mountains stone, an L6 chondrite.

Red Rock - Find 1976. IIIAB. 47.6 kg. Found near Red Rock Canyon State Park, Kern County, CA. 35o25'N, 117o55'W. Found about 1976 by R. K. Haag while hunting for rabbits. Entire mass purchased by the University of California, Los Angeles. Source: Meteoritical Bulletin 68.

Needles - Find 1962 Find. IID. 45.3 kg. Location: 34o26'39"N, 114o49'57"W. Also called "Carsons Well".

Ridgecrest - Find 1958 May. H5; S2, W2, Fa = 18.6. 9.7 g. san Bernadino County, CA: 35o35'N, 117o34'W. Not paired with Muroc. Meteorite is of oriented shape.

Dale Dry Lake - Find 1957. L3.7. 300 g. San Bernardino County, CA: 34o05'N, 115o47'W. (Although named after a nearby dry lake, it was actually found 13 miles away (to the southwest) in Riverside County.)

Pinto Mountains - Find 1954. L6. 17.9 kg. Ref.: Meteoritics 1, 1955, p. 295. Location: 34o00'N, 115o47'W (source: MB 65). An additional 19kg main-mass was found by the same finder (Vincenz Zimmerman) in 1955 and is known as the "Twentynine Palms (1955 stone)". (Source: R.Verish)

Ventura - FInd 1953. IAB-ung. 7.7 kg. 34o15'N, 119o18'W.

Neenach - Find 1948. L6. 13.8 kg. Location: 34o48'N, 118o30'W. Ref.: Griffith Observer, 17, 80-82; Meteoritics 1, 1953, 28.

Twentynine Palms - Find 1944. L. 100g. San Bernardino County. 34o04.5'N, 116o01'W. (Cataloge of Meteorites, M. Grady, 2000)

Goose Lake - Find 1938. IAB-sLL. 1.17 MT.

Borrego - Find 1930. L6; S4 W1; Fa=25.1. 2.13 kg. Found in San Diego county. Supposedly found by an anonymous prospector.

Valley Wells - Find 1929. L6 129.9g. 35o28'N, 115o40'W.

Owens Valley - Find 1913. IIIAB. 192.8 kg. 37o28'N, 118o00'W.

Imperial - Find 1908. H4. 4g. 32o52'N, 115o35'W.

Surprise Springs - Find 1899. IAB-sLL. 1500 g. 34o10'N, 115o55'W.

Oroville - Find 1893. IIIAB. 24.5 kg. 39o41'N, 121o38'W.

San Emigdio - Find 1887. H4. 36 kg. 36oN, 119oW.

Ivanpah - Find 1880. IIIAB. 58 kg. 35o20'N, 115o19'W.

Canyon City - Find 1875. III AB. 8.6 kg. 40o54'N, 123o6'W.

Shingle Springs - Find 1869. Iron-ung. 39 kg. 38o40'N, 120o56'W.


California Meteorite Finds (From Dry Lakes)

Coyote Dry Lake (CyDL) table compiled by Meteoritical Bulletin:

 CyDL# 	Abbr #		Date	Class	Mass	MB# (Reference)

 001	CyDL 001 	1995	H5	338 g	89
 002 	CyDL 002 	1998	H5-6	106.7 g	89
 003 	CyDL 003 	1998	H5	256 g	89
 024 	CyDL 024 	1999	H5	2.43 kg	89
 033 	CyDL 033 	1999	H5	5.22 kg	89
 040 	CyDL 040 	1999	H4	344 g	89
 054 	CyDL 054 	1999	H5	393 g	89
 061 	CyDL 061 	1999	H5	2.13 kg	89
 063 	CyDL 063 	1999	H4	67.6 g	89
 064 	CyDL 064 	1999	H5	1364 g	89
 067 	CyDL 067 	1999	L6	412 g	89
 080 	CyDL 080 	1999	H5	278 g	89
 105 	CyDL 105 	1999	H5	61.5 g	89
 110 	CyDL 110 	1999	H4	68 g	89
 115 	CyDL 115 	1999	H5-6	1369 g	89
 116 	CyDL 116 	1999	H6	4.4 g	89
 117 	CyDL 117 	1999	H3	162 g	89
 119 	CyDL 119 	1999	H5	3.2 g	89
 120 	CyDL 120 	1999	H5	18.5 g	89
 121 	CyDL 121 	1999	H4	14.2 g	89
 129 	CyDL 129 	2000	H5	140 g	89
 130 	CyDL 130 	2000	H4	6.1 g	89
 132 	CyDL 132 	2000	H4	17.4 g	89
 134 	CyDL 134 	2000	H5	117.5 g	89
 138 	CyDL 138 	2000	H5	18.3 g	89
 139 	CyDL 139 	2000	H4	10.4 g	89
 142 	CyDL 142 	2000	H4	32.2 g	89
 151 	CyDL 151 	2001	H6	90 g	89
 152 	CyDL 152 	2001	H5	10.8 g	89
 153 	CyDL 153 	2001	H5	13.9 g	89
 155 	CyDL 155 	2001	H4	17 g	89
 159 	CyDL 159 	2001	H5	17.7 g	89
 160 	CyDL 160 	2002	H5	76.9 g	89
 162 	CyDL 162 	2002	H5	9.9 g	89
 163 	CyDL 163 	2002	H5	16.7 g	89
 164 	CyDL 164 	2002	H5	43 g	89
 165 	CyDL 165 	2002	L6	42.6 g	89
 175 	CyDL 175 	2002	H6	36.4 g	89
 176 	CyDL 176 	2003	H6	187.6 g	89
 194 	CyDL 194 	2004	L6	1.47 g	89
 221 	CyDL 221 	2003	H4	54.3 g	89
 222 	CyDL 222 	2004	L5	22.5 g	89
 223 	CyDL 223 	2004	L6	512 g	89
 230 	CyDL 230 	2004	H6	16.4 g	89
 235 	CyDL 235 	2004	LL6	81.4 g	89
 249 	CyDL 249 	2004	H4	71.8 g	89
 274 	CyDL 274 	2006	H4	7.5 g	93
 275 	CyDL 275 	2006	H4	16.2 g	93
 276 	CyDL 276 	2006	H6	47.2 g	93
 277 	CyDL 277 	2006	H5	21.3 g	93	
 318	CyDL 318	2009	H5 	 7.2g 	99
 319	CyDL 319	2006	H5	 3.4 g	103     
 320	CyDL 320	2007	??	 4.4 g	Provisional   
 321	CyDL 321	2007	??	111.7 g	Provisional

Cuddeback Dry Lake table compiled by Meteoritical Bulletin:

  #        	Abbrev.		Find	Type	Mass	Ref.:

  001 	CdDL 001 	1999	L6	32.5 g	86
  002 	CdDL 002 	2000	L6	95 g	86
  003 	CdDL 003 	2000	L6	7.5 g	86
  004 	CdDL 004 	2000	H6	40 g	86
  005 	CdDL 005 	2000	H5	35 g	86
  006 	CdDL 006 	2000	H6	0.5 g	86
  007 	CdDL 007 	2000	L4	96.7 g	86
  008 	CdDL 008 	2000	L6	18 g	86
  009 	CdDL 009 	2000	H5	19 g	86
  010 	CdDL 010 	2000	L5	10.5 g	86
  011 	CdDL 011 	2000	L6	10.7 g	86
  012 	CdDL 012 	2002	H5	 0.72 g	88	
  013  	CdDL 013	2008	H4	 1.6g
  017  	CdDL 017	2008	H6	23.1g
  018  	CdDL 018	2008	H4	  8.5g
  019 	CdDL 019	2008	L6	10.1g
  021 	CdDL 021	2004	L6	31.7g
  023 	CdDL 023		H5	123g
  028 	CdDL 028		L5	19.5g
  029 	CdDL 029		H4	22.2g

Gloria Danby Dry Lake - First mass found in 2000. H6. 131 g. - Additional finds made 2008 - TKW=9kg - Main-mass found on June 2008: 425 fragments - 20 pounds, by Ruben Garcia. Jim Kriegh found additional 127 grams.
(Reference:

El Mirage Dry Lake (EMDL) - finds as compiled by the Meteoritical Society in their Meteoritical Bulletin:

 
 El Mirage Dry Lake 001 (EMDL 001) 2000 H5    1.5g
 El Mirage Dry Lake 002 (EMDL 002) 2001 H4   13g
 El Mirage Dry Lake 003 (EMDL 003) 2010 H6    6.9g
 El Mirage Dry Lake 004 (EMDL 004) 2011 LL6  271g
Find 01
El Mirage Dry Lake 001 Image by finder, Paul Harris of the Meteorite Exchange, Inc.

Goldstone Dry Lake - Find 1999. H6. 1.1g.

Harper Dry Lake (HrDL) - finds as compiled by the Meteoritical Society in their Meteoritical Bulletin.

 Abbr #	Find date	Class  Mass	MB# (Reference)


 HrDL 001 	 1999	 LL3	13 g	87
 HrDL 002 	 1999	 H6	12 g	87
 HrDL 003 	 1999	 L6	95 g	87
 HrDL 004 	 1999	 LL3	37 g	87
 HrDL 005 	 1999	 H6	24 g	87
 HrDL 006 	 1999	 H6	26 g	87
 HrDL 007 	 2000	 H5  166.7 g	87
 HrDL 008 	 2000	 H6	12.5 g	87
 HrDL 017 	 2007	 H6	16.4 g	93
 HrDL 018 	 2007	H6 	39.7g
 HrDL 019 	2007 	L6   118.7g
 HrDL 029	2008 	H6 	11.6g

Lucerne Valley (LV) - table of Lucerne Valley "meteorites found on Lucerne Dy Lake" compiled by Bob Verish:

Name 	Lat. 	Long. 	Wt. 	Found 		Class 	Fa (mol%)     Shock WG	Finder		Main Mass
 	34N	116W	(g)
LV 001	-.-	 -.-	15.8	1963-07-xx	L6	24.3%+/-0.3	~S2 W3	R. N. Hartman	Dupont 
LV 004 	-.-	 -.-	37.4	1963-10-xx	L6	24.2%+/-0.3	~S2 W3	R. N. Hartman	Hartman
LV 005	 -.-	 -.-	3.1	1963-10-xx	L6	24.2%+/-0.3	~S2 W3	R. N. Hartman	Buddhue

LV 002	-.-	 -.-	5.8	1963-08-xx	LL4	27.5%+/-0.6	S2 W3	R. A. Oriti	Oriti 

LV 003	-.-	 -.-	7.5	1963-08-xx	H6	18.0%+/-0.4	~S3 W3	R. A. Oriti

LV 006	-.-	 -.-	26.9	1963-11-xx	H4	18.2%+/-0.4	~S2 W3	R. W. Leonard	Leonard 
LV 008	-.-	 -.-	2.0	1964-12-xx	H4	18.5%+/-0.4	S2 W3	S. Lieberman	Griffith
LV 009	 -.-	 -.-	3.0	1965-04-xx	H4	18.7%+/-0.2	S2 W2	D. Futrell	Griffith
LV 010	-.-	 -.-	6.4	1965-12-xx	H4	18.2%+/-0.4	S2 W3	A. Crisp	Griffith

LV 007	-.-	 -.-	4.8	1963-11-xx	 	 	 	 	R. W. Leonard	NOT TESTED

LV 011	-.-	 -.-	3.8	1968-05-xx	L6	24.5%+/-0.2	S4 W3	R. Russell	Griffith

LV 012	 -.-	 -.-	1.2	1968-05-xx	H6	19.4%+/-0.3	S2 W3	D. Ochs		Griffith

LV 013	 -.-	 -.-	4.1	1992-05-xx	L5	25.3%+/-0.3	S2 W3	B. Groves	Groves
LV 014	30.082'	57.882'	3.4	1998-09-26 	L5	25.3%+/-0.2	S2 W3	B. and B. VerishGriffith 
LV 015	30.747'	57.047'	4.1	1998-11-14	L5	25.2%+/-0.2	S2 W3	B. Verish	Griffith

LV 016	30.574'	57.347'	12.5	1998-10-25 	LL6	30.9%+/-0.1	S3 W2	B. Verish	Griffith

	
LV 017	 -.-	 -.-	12.8	0199-03-30	L6	25.5%+/-0.6	S3 W4	R. N. Hartman	Hartman


Additional Lucerne Valley finds (all were found on the dry lake) compiled by Meteoritical Bulletin:

Abbr #	Date	Class	Mass		MB# (Reference)

LV 018 	2002	H6		 0.97 g	88
LV 019 	2002	L6		 3.91 g	88
LV 020 	2002	H6		18.4 g	88
LV 021 	2002	H6		 3.92 g	88
LV 022 	2002	LL4		16.5 g	88
LV 023 	2002	L6		 7.6 g	88
LV 024 	2003	L6		 2.71 g	88
LV 025 	2003	H4		21 g		89
LV 026 	2003	L5		 5.6 g	89
LV 027 	2003	L6		 3.1 g	89
LV 028 	2003	CK4		 3 g		90
LV 029 	2003	CK4		10.1 g	90
LV 030 	2004	CK4		 4.12 g	90
LV 031 	2004	CK4		 3.22 g	90
LV 032 	2004	CK4		11.9 g	90
LV 035 	2004	CK4		0.92 g	90
LV 036 	2004	CK4		2.48 g	90
LV 037 	2004	CK4		 0.9 g	90
LV 040 	2004	L6		 5.2 g	89
LV 041 	2004	L6		 0.84 g	89
LV 042 	2004	L6		 2.17 g	89
LV 043 	2004	L4		 1.75 g	89
LV 044 	2004	L6		106.2 g	89
LV 045 	2004	L6		38.6 g	89
LV 046 	2004	L6		10.3 g	89
LV 047 	2004	L6		30.4 g	89
LV 048 	2004	H4		 2.29 g	89
LV 049 	2004	L6		 9.2 g	89
LV 050 	2005	H4		 6.9 g	90
LV 051 	2003	L5		 6 g		91
LV 057 	2005	L6		13.2 g	93
LV 058 	2006	L6		 0.85 g	93
LV 089 	2007 L5 		 2.6g
LV 090 	2007 L5 		30.7g
LV 091 	2007 H4 		12.7g
LV 092 	2007 H5 		 0.6g
LV 093		L6 		 3.93g
LV 094 	2008 CK5 		 3.5g
LV 095 	2008 Ck5 		 1.1g
LV 096 	2008 L5 		 7.3g
LV 097 	2008 CK4 		 6.5g
LV 098 	2008 CK4 	 	 1.5g
LV 099 	2008 CK5 		 3.2g
LV 100 	2008 CK5 		 0.8g
LV 101 	2008 CK4 	 	 4g
LV 120 	2010 L6 		43.1g

Muroc - Find 1936. L. 18.4 g. Now part of Edwards AFB.

Muroc Dry Lake - 1936. Find L6. 223 g. Now part of Edwards AFB.

Rosamond Dry Lake - Find 1940. L. 850 g. Now part of Edwards AFB.

Sheephole Valley - Find 1999. H4. 62.1g.
Sheephole Valley 002 - Find 1999. L4. 4.4 g.

Silurian Dry Lake - Find 2000. LL6. 43.8 g.

Silver Dry Lake 001 - Find. L4. 219 g.
Silver Dry Lake 002 - Find. H6. 16.5g.

Superior Valley (SuV) - Find. Table compiled by Meteoritical Bulletin:

 SuV#	Abbrev.		Find	Type	Mass	Ref.:	 

 001 	SuV 001 	2000	H5	3.4 g	86
 002 	SuV 002 	2000	L6	145 g	86
 003 	SuV 003 	2001	H6	65.6 g	86
 004 	SuV 004 	2001	L6	15.3 g	86
 005 	SuV 005 	2001	H6	32.9 g	86
 006 	SuV 006 	2001	H6	78.5 g	86
 007 	SuV 007 	2001	L6	67.2 g	86
 008 	SuV 008 	2001	L6	77.4 g	86
 009 	SuV 009 	2001	L6	116.4 g	86
 010 	SuV 010 	2001	L4	26.3 g	86
 011 	SuV 011 	2001	H6	2.52 g	86
 013 	SuV 013 	2002	L5	2.74 g	90
 014	SuV 014 	2002	Acapulcoite	1.77 g	90
 018 	SuV 018 	2002	H5	2.74 g	90
 020 	SuV 020 	2003	L6	308 g	89
 022 	SuV 022 	2004	H5	38.9 g	89
 026 	SuV 026 	2006	L4	15.8 g	91


California Impact Craters:

- None "confirmed", but here are two possible contenders:

Victoria Island Structure. Possible impact crater. 5.5 km wide, burried 1,490-1,600 m deep, west of Stockton, California. Impact in former inland sea. Found by: Bennett Spevack, San Diego. Reported: March 2007. Source: LPS 38 (2007) 1033.

Cowell Structure. Possible buried impact crater. 1.3 km wide feature dating to the Miocene (5 to 24 million years ago). Source: Blake R. G., 1998. AAPG Bull. 82 (5A), 842.


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