One of the most unique Earth Science related businesses in the country is the Montana Meteorite Laboratory located in the shop of Marlin Cilz in Malta. Marlin, who used to own one of the largest personal collections of meteorites in the world, established the part-time business that specializes in cutting and preparing meteorites for display. Although the surfaces of meteorites can be interesting, what's inside can be quite spectacular. So, finders and collectors from as far away as South Africa send their meteorites to the Montana Meteorite Laboratory where Marlin uses special saws and other equipment to slice and etch the specimens, revealing their beautiful interior.
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NOTE: If you pass through Malta, stop in at the Phillips County Museum to check out some of Marlin's meteorites as well as a complete fossil of a duck-billed dinosaur.
Terms: asteroid, comet
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