Meteorites land randomly over the Earth and are most easily recognized and recovered from desert regions. The low rainfall in deserts preserves the meteorites, allowing for their accumulation over time.

Since there is an estimated one meteorite fall per square kilometer per year, geologically stable desert regions can show significant accumulations of meteorites. Some desert regions have dozens of different meteorites per square kilometer, though they can be difficult to distinguish from normal terrestrial rocks.

Meteorites are typically named for the nearest town or geographic feature.

Arizona and the southwest have large tracts of desert where many meteorites have been, and continue to be, discovered. Each star on the map below represents a location in Arizona where a meteorite has been found!
 
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