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#1 Tom1175

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 06:37 AM

Good morning,

 

Wondering if anyone here can help identify this.  Dug it up a few years ago in my back yard.  Its 12 x 7 x about 2 inches thick.  It weighs in at 15 lbs, quite heavy for the size.

 

Any chance its a space rock of some sort?

 

Thanks,

Tom

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#2 Astrolite

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 07:44 AM

Check out this site and possibly take your rock to a university geology department. Those appear to be colloidal type fractures, such as found in chert or flint. Is it magnetic? That would be a rather large meteorite.

 

https://geology.com/...ification.shtml


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#3 Richard O'Neill

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 09:49 AM

It appears to be an iron meteorite but if it doesn't attract a magnet then I don't know what it is. It appears very unusual for a weathered rock.


 

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 10:52 AM

No, it's not an iron meteorite. An iron of that size would weigh considerably more than 15 pounds.

 

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#5 donniesoprano

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 01:08 PM

Yeah, cool rock!  Moar pics!

 

:)

 

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#6 Tom1175

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 06:06 AM

Hello all,

 

Thanks for the info so far.  It isnt magnetic, that was one of the first things I tested.  I tried cutting it with a Dremel and it just burned the disc down and did next to nothing to the rock, so its extremely hard.  Below is a picture of the other side of it.  

 

 

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#7 mark8888

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 09:08 AM

In this image it really does look like the edge may have been hand carved, as blc111 suggested might be the case.  I hope it's the case, I love that explanation!  Anyway, it doesn't seem to be a meteorite to me, either.


 

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 11:06 AM

After conferring with the powers that be... and since the OP received their answer, we've decided to lock this thread and do some cleaning.

 

Thank you… and please try not to throw stones!


 


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