Mapping Earth's Meteorite Crash Landings

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Wonder where on Earth to collect space rocks? Stay at home. The map above shows every meteorite strike known to fall on earthly terrain. And from the looks of it, the United States is prime collecting grounds.

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To build the map, Javier de la Torre, co-founder of Vizzuality and CartoDB, used records from Meteoritical Society that pinpointed the location of 34,513 meteorite strikes dating back to 2,300BC.

Why these hotspots? It is likely that no one particular place is more susceptible to a meteorite strike than another. What is more likely is that the identified locations are in areas where people know to look for meteorites, having either seen a meteor streak through the sky or finding one with the knowledge that not all rocks on Earth originated here.

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via DVICE

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