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  1. MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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  2. Thanks Jerry, Merry Christmas to you and everyone else and a happy new year!
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  3. Lunk, I tend to agree and without boring you and others during the holidays with the research I have done, I will cut to the chase. I believe the small round concretions that I have are Goethite Concreations. My simple understanding is that over a period of time Goethite, for lack of geological terms, sometime turns into hematite. My reason for saying that is a large portion of my samples were found in a drainage ditch next to a turn row, in a corn field. The man who has farmed this property for over twenty-five years and another farmer about one mile away who found some of the same material,
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  4. Nice color, chunky little bits with lots of karats. What a deal. Thanks.
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  5. Merry Christmas Fireball and Fireball girlfriend, You have found a good place to learn about space rocks, not space rocks, gold prospektin, and philosophy! There are many knowledgable humans on this forum! Cheers, Jeff
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  6. Happy Birthday @Idaho Jim , I hope you had a great day!
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  7. The type of test you got showed elements. Not compounds. You see iron in there but the test gives no inkling about what chemical state the iron is in. There are several types of materials analysis. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. For each type of test you can draw conclusions and are free to make assumptions but you run the risk of those assumptions being incorrect. There is iron in your stones. That is a safe conclusion. The assumption that the iron is in the same chemical state as meteoritic iron is incorrect. The type of test that was done identified elements. Not comp
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  8. Mineral iron is sub metallic at best. Like graphite. It is fully oxidized and is not like shiny metal. Magnetite and some hematite will almost look metallic. But it is a bit porous and dull in luster. Free metallic iron is metal. Just like a knife blade or an engine block. Shiny and metallic. Iron from outside our oxygen rich environment is (nearly) always free metallic iron. Shiny and just like smelter iron or steel in appearance. Iron formed on earth is fully mineralized and (almost) never appears as metal. The only free metal on earth has been smelted and refined. Take
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  9. Good luck Don, you will certainly need a thick skin. I hope you are able to persevere despite the perception of negatively and ultimately find it worth the effort.
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  10. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happ New Year.............
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  12. I have had the same message displayed for a few days but today it didn't appear when I logged in. Might be taken care of by now. Old Tom
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  13. Gu is the symbol for Goofinium. It's a transitional element that sits between Plutonium and Americum on the periodic chart. I'm pretty sure it was named after a dog - kinda like Pluto but more Goofy. Do they have a sense of humor at University of Louisiana?
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  14. Luke, I would think so to some degree. In all three samples there are some similarities but I wouldn't think they would be the same. I suppose it would depend on where these come from and if terrestrial what the soil composition. Someone above my paygrade will have to help us out on that. Knowing what I know of the people involved and what they said, I have no doubt that all of this material is from the same fall. This stuff fell in a muddy field after crops were harvested. Some rocks were lying on top of the ground, stuck in mud somewhat, while other rocks landed in the ditch that had been cl
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  15. I'm by no means an expert on the chemical composition of meteorites, but from what I've read about the subject in O. Richard Norton's “Field Guide to Meteors and Meteorites”, Appendix 1, the lack of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium in the university lab analysis does not bode well for a stony meteorite; unless, of course, the analysis did not test for these elements. As for an iron meteorite, the outer surface and cut surface of your specimens do not resemble any irons that I have handled or seen photos of, and a recent fall would be in pristine condition. If you suspect your rocks to
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  16. Here are some thin section pics. I have no idea what I am looking at but it sure is beautiful and intriguing. Sorry about the quality but I will be getting a camera for my microscope next week. I hope to post better pics then.
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  17. Just stick it out! There are some really great folks on this forum. You will come to realize that. So welcome aboard, and hang in there, there is a lot of knowledge here for sure.
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  18. Bedrock Bob, your comments about Mike "picking on people, bursting people's inflated bubble, not being able to sleep at night, etc." is exactly the type of comment that doesn't belong here. It only serves to demean others. I never said my rocks came from Mars and Morlock's comment was, "99.99999999999% these are terrestrial rocks". He didn't differentiate between the two pics. I think he just didn't see the second pic identified as lunar. Also,thank you for speaking for Mikestang. To set set your mind at ease, I accept Mikestangs statement that he wasn't being sarcastic. My apologies Mikestan
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  19. It's just my opinion guys and sort of a test. I am a new member but not new to researching, meteorites. I began reading post on this site to hopefully learn more about meteorites from others. Morlock jumped on here and said lunar samples were terrestrial. Haven't heard anything from him since I posted that truth, so as I first learned, you can't tell if it's a meteorite just by looking. Especially looking at a picture. I know, the sarcastic 99.99999999% is his excuse for saying I didn't actually identify as a meteorite, but I get the message. By the way I said I didn't know that they were. M
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  20. Happy Birthday bro! Old Tom
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  21. One thread of your beach rocks is bad enough, please stop.
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