Hunting for Meteorites

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter


By Becky Ogann

Livingston, Wisconsin

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DUBUQUE - A Curator from the Field Museum in Chicago is leading the hunt to find meteorites in Wisconsin.

Paul Sipiera helped collectors and scientists search near Livingston, Wisconsin. That's in Grant County.

Thousands of people saw it race across the sky. Now dozens are trying to figure out if they're holding a piece of what fell to the ground.

Sipiera said, "This is an event for dealers and collectors and scientists as well."

True meteorites are worth a lot of money. Sipiera says they're also a very valuable research tool.

Sipiera said, "Certain types of meteorites actually have an organic compound in them and they are trying to tell us where life came from."

There is a big difference between a meteorite and other rocks.

Sipiera says the real give-away is that a meteorite will NOT have holes in it.
Now he's on the search for answers and evidence left over from Wednesday's big event.

Sipiera said, "It was outside of Livingston and we are trying to establish what's called the strum field because we well this meteorite probably produces hundreds to maybe thousands of pieces."

So the search is on, one meteorite at a time.

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