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Recently enjoyed a nice long leave before my upcoming deployment back in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and I came across a couple possible meteorites while relic hunting. (I always look for meteorites no matter where I go, even in parking lots!) I was out hunting for points mostly, but meteorites are my passion. I just don't have any deserts to hunt, but I try and make do here in North Carolina, and indiana when I am there.

This first one is littered with olivine, and almost appears to have a shiny black crust. Any rockhounds out here with thoughts? I doubt it is a meteorite, but the white matrix with the surrounding green olivine and possible black crust made me pick it up. The white matrix looks rough but is actually polished flat.

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This second one appears to be an iron. It was picked up in a soybean field, and I'm not going to waste time posting photos of the whole iron, but rather just the window I benchground into it.

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This last one is the main reason I've posted this here. I've never seen anything like it. It was found along with several of the same stones littering a different field, and many of them fit together at one time, although they are too weathered to fit perfect anymore meaning the break is somewhat old. I was hoping some other rockhound here could ID this particular stone, and hopefully say it could be a meteorite! The window has been wet down to show color as the stone is still dirty from the field. But it is a grey and black stone with a mostly black matrix, except for all the crosshatching white material similar to some angrites and martians I have seen. (I know it is neither of these) But some of the black matrix reflects back light the same as shiny metal but it is low to nonmagnetic.

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Thanks for taking the time to look, and/or comment!

Rocco

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Hello Rocco,

As usual, it is really hard to tell from the pictures whether any of your suspect stones are possibly meteoric. Definitive answers probably should be made with a closer look.

My first impression is that none of the stones are meteorites, but looking at a picture and guessing, is not the proper way to get an absolute answer. Weathering of a specimen can fool anyone. Fusion crust can be totally weathered away, or in the case of a fragment, non-existant.

That being said, have them looked at by someone in your area to be definitive. Some stones are easy to look at and identify as a meteorite with about 95% certainty. The most important 5% is when they are actually classified by a lab.

Good Hunting :twocents:

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