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In "Wind, Sand and Stars" Antoine de Saint-Exupéry describes a visit to a plateau where it is extremely easy to discern meteorites from stones, since there are no stones.

I picked up one and then a second and then a third of these stones, finding them at about the rate of one stone to the acre. And here is where my adventure became magical, for in a striking foreshortening of time that embraced thousands of years, I had become the witness of this miserly rain from the stars. the marvel of marvels was that there on the rounded back of the planet, between this magnetic sheet and those stars, a human consciousness was present in which as in a mirror that rain could be reflected.

Is this realistic? Are there places on Earth where you can find meteorite on 5 minute walk?

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  • $\begingroup$ AdS-E was a reasonably well-educated fellow. He probably knew the difference between a meteorite fragment and a random earth-rock. $\endgroup$ – Carl Witthoft Jan 13 at 20:19
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    $\begingroup$ The Antarctic plateau ? 20,000 meteorites found in 37 years according to this Slate article $\endgroup$ – astrosnapper Jan 14 at 0:45
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    $\begingroup$ Many years ago I have sent the same question to Sky & Telescope (and it has been published), but I got no answer. The table mountains in questions are in Western Sahara I believe. The Exupery's story seem to be realistic enough to justify belief that meteorites could be find there. meteorite-list-archives.com/1999/nov/msg00495.html $\endgroup$ – Leos Ondra Jan 14 at 8:41

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