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  1. I realize that I am coming to this thread a year after it has ended, but this specimen was very intriguing and I feel that there is a lesson to be learned here. Over these past several years, since this thread started, it has only become harder, if not near impossible, to get "meteorite scientists" to even look at a find, let alone take the time to analyze one (especially if it is a rusty chunk of metal). Recently I was approached by a finder of a "2-ton mass of iron" and asked to get it authenticated. Long-story-short, I ended-up having to recruit a metallurgist in helping us get an ID on this strange hunk of metal. In the process of doing the analysis, this metallurgist educated me on the science of metallography. I still can't believe how much there is to learn about iron alloys and other man-made metals. But my point is, the next time I think I have an iron meteorite, I will be going FIRST to a metallurgist. And, after I amass all of the data about its composition and its metallographic structure, as well as, have the evidence that excludes it being a man-made alloy, THEN it's on to the "meteorite scientists", or whoever is the highest bidder. So, my suggestion is to cultivate some contacts in the field of metallurgy. I'm not saying that it was easy for me to do, but the few that I did make contact, I found to be very approachable. And maybe I was lucky to find a metallurgist that was self-employed, and had the best (new) analyzers. But all I will say is -- that in the future, when the next "Metwerks" comes along with another interesting specimen, we will be able to identify exactly what kind of metal it is, and it won't take years to find out that it wasn't a meteorite.
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