So after a 20-30 minute walk to the north from my base (loaded down with my explosive jars and some sandstone foundations), I search and search for star metal meteors. Finally, after about an hour of searching I find some. 6 jars, 5 right on the meteor (1 rolled), no ore.
Meanwhile, the walk from my base to the north, maybe encountered 1, maybe 2 wolves in the entire mid range of the very empty (of wildlife) map. While in the north, swarms of cats and mammoths that you have to fight constantly. Not the least bit enjoyable when combined with the rarity of the meteors, and the end result of not getting into the meteors when found.