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].
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: 33°29'05''N, 117°39'45''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 (NOT found on dry lakes)Source: Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Lake Los Angeles - Ordinary chondrite (classified by UCLA: H6 S2 W2 Fa18.9±0.4); A single stone fragment (92 mm × 70 mm × 57 mm) of 444.5grams was found on 2013 November 30th by Stephen Poterala, while searching for meteorites along the margin of Lake Los Angeles (essentially eroded lacustrine sediments), which is located in very northeastern Los Angeles County. Found in a thin-veneer of sand on a break-in-slope where the local drainage had eroded-away the distal margin of the the southern alluvial fan of Saddleback Butte.
Blackhawk Mountain - Ordinary chondrite (H4 S2 W0 Fa20.9±0.2); A solitary stone (20.16g) was found by Michael Mulgrew on 2012 Oct 20th 12:30pm PDT, while searching for meteorites on the surface of the Blackhawk Landslide (essentially an abandoned alluvial surface), which is located in Lucerne Valley, San Bernardino County. Probably the first meteorite found on a landslide.
Rosamond - Ordinary chondrite (LL3); found by Robert Verish on June 9, 2012, while searching for meteorites in an empty lot on the outskirts of the town of Rosamond (Kern County).
San Bernardino Wash - Find 2010. Ordinary chondrite (L5); Bob Perkins of Highland, California found the first and second stones while metal-detecting for gold with Gary Crabtree near the "Rusty Gold Mine," in the Dale Mining District (Riverside County). Several fragments were subsequently found by Fred Mason, of San Diego, CA.
Willow Wash - Find 2006 September 14. H3.5, breccia; S3 W2. Fa =12.8-30.9. 552 g. A single stone, fully crusted. 35°22'24.88"N, 115°20'37.95"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 36°00.13'N, 116°11.78'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. Pringle in desert at the base of a hill: 33°11.2'N, 114°55.07'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: 32°57'N, 114°40'W.
Essex - Find 2002 Febr 24. H5; Fa = 18.9. 5 kg. Found by S. Ellis in San Bernadino county: 34°36.7'N, 115°2.0'W.
Cargo Muchacho Mountains - Find ~2000. CO3. 2860 g The 35 stone strewn-field was mapped by finder, Bill Sajkowicz, in Imperial County.
Supersition Mountain - Find 2000 August 15. H5; Fa = 18.9. 333 g. Found by N. Gessler in Imperial County: 32°52'15"N, 115°46'57"W.
Old Dominion Mine - Find 2000 October 13. H4; Fa=19.8. 42 g. Found by J. Tobin in San Bernardino county: 34°51.575'N, 116°13.268'W.
Los Angeles - Recognized 1999 Oct 30. Two stones, weighing 452.6 g and 245.4 g respectively, were recovered by Robert (Bob) Verish (P.O. Box 463084, Escondido, 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 were collected in the Mojave Desert, but may have been as much as 20 years earlier. More, here.
Bruceville - Find 1998. L6; Fa = 24.6, S5 W4. 83 kg. Found by B. Howard in Sacramento county: 38°17.7'N, 121°24.3'W. Was buried under about 2 meters of silt and loam.
Chuckwalla - Find 1992-November. IAB-MG. 1802g. Found in Kern County, CA. 35°15'N, 118°16'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: 41°23'N, 123°30'W. Found by a geologist. 38g at Center for Meteorite Studies, Tempe, Arizona.
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, but is indistinguishable from the Dale Dry Lake chondrite, an L3.7 stone.
Red Rock - Find 1976. IIIAB. 47.6 kg. Found near Red Rock Canyon State Park, Kern County, CA. 35°25'N, 117°55'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: 34°26'39"N, 114°49'57"W. Also called "Carsons Well".
Ridgecrest - Find 1958 May. H5; S2, W2, Fa = 18.6. 9.7 g. san Bernadino County, CA: 35°35'N, 117°34'W. Not paired with Muroc. Meteorite is of oriented shape.
Dale Dry Lake - Find 1957. L3.7. 300 g. San Bernardino County, CA: 34°05'N, 115°47'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: 34°00'N, 115°47'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. 34°15'N, 119°18'W.
Neenach - Find 1948. L6. 13.8 kg. Location: 34°48'N, 118°30'W. Ref.: Griffith Observer, 17, 80-82; Meteoritics 1, 1953, 28.
Twentynine Palms - Find 1944. L. 100g. San Bernardino County. 34°04.5'N, 116°01'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. 35°28'N, 115°40'W.
Owens Valley - Find 1913. IIIAB. 192.8 kg. 37°28'N, 118°00'W.
Imperial - Find 1908. H4. 4g. 32°52'N, 115°35'W.
Surprise Springs - Find 1899. IAB-sLL. 1500 g. 34°10'N, 115°55'W.
Oroville - Find 1893. IIIAB. 24.5 kg. 39°41'N, 121°38'W.
San Emigdio - Find 1887. H4. 36 kg. 36°N, 119°W.
Ivanpah - Find 1880. IIIAB. 58 kg. 35°20'N, 115°19'W.
Canyon City - Find 1875. III AB. 8.6 kg. 40°54'N, 123°6'W.
Shingle Springs - Find 1869. Iron-ung. 39 kg. 38°40'N, 120°56'W.
California Meteorite Finds (From Dry Lakes)
Buckhorn Lake - Find 2008. H4 S2 W5 Fa=17.0+/-0.2%. TKW = 14.1g (MB#103)
Coyote Dry Lake (CyDL) table compiled by Meteoritical Bulletin:
Cuddeback Dry Lake table compiled by Meteoritical Bulletin:
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.
El Mirage Dry Lake (EMDL) -
finds as compiled by the Meteoritical Society in their Meteoritical Bulletin:
Emerson Dry Lake - Find 2006. L6. 32g. (MB#102)
Goldstone Dry Lake - Find 1999. H6. 1.1g.
Harper Dry Lake (HrDL) - finds as compiled by the Meteoritical Society in their Meteoritical Bulletin.
Additional Lucerne Valley
finds (all were found on the dry lake) compiled by Meteoritical Bulletin:
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.
Silurian Dry Lake - Find 2000. LL6. 43.8 g.
Silver Dry Lake 001 - Find 2000. L4. 219 g. (MB#85)
Sunfair - Find 2006. L6. 49.8 g. (MB#102)
Sunfair 002 - Find 2013. L-chondrite (prov.). 19.4 g.
Superior Valley (SuV) - Find. Table compiled by Meteoritical Bulletin:
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.