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Regmaglitch last won the day on December 20 2014

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  1. Hey Al, this would have been 73-75.
  2. Hey Bob, How are you? We go up to Taos every couple of years. We always stop at Dean’s memorial, then have lunch at Dion’s, there on Central. My myrtillo’s bloom every year, and grow constantly.
  3. HeyHey Bob, . Great photos! About a century ago when I was in college, a buddy of mine in the same apartments, had a couple of pards who would visit annually on their way to LA, after harvesting two duffle bags of "Yote" in NM. ( no lie) OMG, those guys were different - very Carlos Casteneda, if you know what I mean. I saw the stuff, it was real deal. I've lived in Arizona my whole life, and never seen it in the wild, but since I HAVE seen a lot of exotic cacti, It is certainly possible. I have 5 colors of Peruvian Echinopsis night bloomers. It was a tough summer, my saffron orange ones wouldn't bloom! My pride is in my crested myrtillo cactus geometrizens ( not sure on spelling) from deep down in San Luis Petosi. They are huge and always provide me with a tasty crop of "garambullos" after they bloom their tiny white flowers. Best Regards, Ben
  4. HI Chrisrobe, . I think your piece is what is referred to as bog iron. It is very common in Britain and all of Northern Europe, and made up all the iron that was used in the Pre Roman Iron Age, and the later Viking Era. Before being smelted to remove dross, it contains significant carbon and silica, which is WHY your metal is brittle. Check it out. Good Hunting,. Ben
  5. Random Rocks, . Go down to the drugstore, and buy a nickel test kit. The Nickel Alert kit is pricey, retailing for $34 to $40, so ask for a "Spot" test kit, it is only about 20 bucks. Use the kit on the polished area after making sure there is no left over residue from polishing. And yes, Mike is right, your piece is on the "bubbly" side.
  6. Ahmad, . For an expert, you should refer to the nearest university with a Meteoritics lab. Then your unusual meteorite could be analyzed and classified.
  7. Adam, . Yes, it's slag, agreed. Boans, . Check the texture and vesicles.
  8. I am not familiar with testing methodologies for micro meteorites, but the photos are very high quality. A friend with SEM access is very nice. Be good to him. I would like to see more. Ben
  9. A mineral specimen maybe, but not a meteorite. Your English is fine. Keep hunting.
  10. I have seen several fireballs, but the best ones were in the mountains in elevations above 5000 feet. The biggest, longest one I saw from a clearing at dusk going roughly south to north, greenish in color, and large, like if you held a ping-pong ball at arm's length. It crossed the entire sky with only a slight arc. If it landed anywhere, it would have to have been several states away. My favorite, was at just under 7000 feet elevation. I was walking the dogs on a dirt road going due west well after dark. And even though it was a moonless night, no flashlight was needed, because the starlight is so strong on the road, with blackness under the pines on either side of the road. The fireball came over the ridge to the northwest of me, going south east over the treetops, the road, and then over the next ridge, and out of sight. What is so weird, is that it appeared to have intermittent flames trailing, and it had SOUND! It made the same sound you hear when you blow steadily on birthday candles without blowing them out, like a fluttering, sputtering sound. That made me think that it was extremely near, but the fact that I didn't hear any more after it cleared the next ridge line, means it probably went another 20-30 miles. For size, it looked like someone threw a flaming softball over the treetops, wich lasted about 2-3 seconds, and gave the illusion that it was right over my head. It was all I could think about for days afterward.
  11. Hi Dale, . Now that you have had a local expert or university Meteoriticist tell you that your specimen is a meteorite, you need to cut off a piece that is either "20 grams, or 20%" of the stone, to go for testing, classification, and as a Type Specimen to stay at the Meteoritics lab. You can make it more likely to be classified by also making a thin section for the lab. Most university labs seem to have a two-year backup on material to be classified, budgets are low, and time on the micro probe is precious, so they may tell you that they are not accepting new material for classification at all, that they are only interested if it is something exotic like lunar, planetary, or HED. If it is from a new, witnessed fall, they may move you to the head of the line. If they are willing to classify it, they may ask for money to do it. Best Regards, Ben
  12. To me, it looks like a terrestrial rock with a manganese coating. Not a space rock. Ben
  13. Hi Mitchel, Thanks for the link. Very cool stuff. Great finds if you avoid the hazardous stuff. Awesome!
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