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  1. Joemonk, I've had the best experience with Alan Rubin's team at UCLA; very quick turnaround: https://meteorites.ucla.edu/research/ Best of luck to you.
  2. The interior is way too light in color for typical basalt, although leucobasalt can be very light in color. Achondrite all the way...IF it is indeed a meteorite...expert analysis is required for that determination.
  3. 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
  4. It's better than a reality tv show, Mitchel...you can’t make this stuff up! 🤣
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  6. I hope you catch that big space fish; good luck!
  7. Must have been small filings from the file adhering to the surface; you may want to clean the surface and then look at it again under magnification, as granite will never contain metal flakes.
  8. Contact Information Daffy, you can email some photos and a link to this forum thread to: Alan E. Rubin aerubin@ucla.edu Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics University of California Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567 Telephone 310-825-3202 FAX 310-206-3051 Here's a link to his web page: http://cosmochemists.igpp.ucla.edu/Rubin.html Good luck, and please keep us updated here.
  9. While that is generally true, there are always exceptions; for example, this 98% fusion crusted, 120 gram Tissint shergottite achondrite individual, which shows a remarkably rough and uneven surface:
  10. Okay Daffy, the second sample appears to have the same composition as the first one. At this point, I would go back to the area where these stones were found, collect a few of the native stones and break them open with a hammer to compare their interiors; please wear gloves and eye protection...you can cover them with a rag or towel before striking them to prevent the fragments from flying off. What we're trying to do here is rule out the possibility that your finds are simply native terrestrial rocks that have acquired a dark mineral coating. Isn't science fun?😄
  11. Yes, please post pics of the other, similar stone and file a window on it when you get a chance.
  12. The presence of metal flakes is a real good sign, although I can't make them out in your photos. The filed window reveals an interior that is composed of coarse, angular mineral grains, with no chondrules, suggestive of an achondrite. Before proceeding to the next step, which would be to email some clear, high quality photos to an accredited meteorite lab to see if they would be interested in examining your find, can you give us any specifics on the environment and circumstances in which your specimen was found...was it in a desert region? If so, are there any desert varnished rocks in the are
  13. That looks very promising, Daffy. Can you file the exposed interior area shown in your first photo and then sand it smooth to see if any bright, silvery nickel iron flecks are visible? They should look similar to the pic below...perhaps not as many flecks, since your sample is only slightly attracted to a magnet:
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