Hope Creek, Alaska Gold Prospector Meteorite, Micromount



In the summer of 1998, a man was prospecting for gold when he found a meteorite which was later analyzed and shown to be a moderately weathered LL6 chondrite. The meteorite is shocked, with lighter colored clasts set into a highly shocked matrix material. This is one of only four meteorites found in Alaska, whose terrain is very inhospitable to hunting meteorites.

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing a small fragment like the one shown in the photo. Your purchase will include a labeled gemjar for safe storage.

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry for Hope Creek :

Hope Creek

Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, USA

Found 1998 summer

Ordinary chondrite (LL6)

A 9.83 kg stone was found with a metal detector by Chris Shaw while he was prospecting for gold in a creek. Classification and mineralogy (M. McGehee, G. Huss, ASU): breccia; olivine, Fa29; pyroxene, Fs20.7; shock stage, S3 (light-colored clasts), S4 (dark-colored host); weathering grade, W2. Specimens: main mass, 5.74 k g, with finder.