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Hey guys,

New member to the forums and to hunting. I can tell ya now I got the fever. haha Ok me and my girlfriend were out riding and found this:

http://i150.photobuc...eorite/rlw1.jpg

http://i150.photobuc...eorite/rlw2.jpg

http://i150.photobuc...eorite/rlw3.jpg

http://i150.photobuc...eorite/rlw4.jpg

http://i150.photobuc...eorite/rlw5.jpg

I used the magnifier to take a close up picture of what looks like gold and silver mixed together. Don't have a scale to try the density test i read about here on the forums. I did place a magnet to it and while it has very little hold there is still some hold to it. Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Thanks for taking the time to look and answer.

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Sorry Flip,but I agree with Frank C. Keep looking down. Remember - Hopes up Eyes down ;)

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Hi all and welcome Flipacid.

If it were magnetite, it would stick to your magnet like stink on S__t! I do not know what it is, but pictures are terribly fussy.

My suggestion is to continue testing it. Right now all we really know is you said it is slightly magnetic. Great!

Now, do a streak test on in and perform a bulk density test on it and let us know the results. If you do not know how to do these tests, we all can help you figure it out!

Cheers,

Jim

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That's more dense than chondrites, more dense than magnetite, and less dense than iron meteorites.

In those new pictures it actually resembles quite closely a ferromanganese or ferrochrome slag, especially considering your first description of "gold and silver". Mr. Bob Verish wrote an excellent article on these a while back: link. This is what I'd put my money on.

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Thanks for all the responses. I went and bought some distilled water and a scale. here is what i got:

Rock = 129g

Rock held in middle of distilled water 21g

So 129g / 21g = 6.1428g

So its to dense to be a meteorite correct?

Good job on the density test! Now you are starting to see how to answer your own questions! Cool! :thumbsupanim .

Now, do a streak test in that window you created. Then with a 10x to 20x loupe, take a good look at what looks to be metal. Does it dispearse under magnification?

You do all of that any you will answer most all of your own questions! A positive result any way you look at it.

Jim

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Ok I did the streak test and it seems to leave a dark gray dust.

Then with a 10x to 20x loupe, take a good look at what looks to be metal. Does it dispearse under magnification?

Not sure exactly what you mean by this but i have a 60x-100x zoom scope and looking at the window i opened up i can see the lines from the sandpaper and what looks almost like little pieces of black metal specs in it. Still seeing the gold mixed with silver in other spots. So just to make sure it was not dust or something i was looking at i took some alcohol and a toothbrush and cleaned it. Now i still see the gold and silver mix but also what seems like sand melted with the silver. Totally confused now and my eyes are killing me from looking at it so hard. hahaha

Thanks again for teaching me the steps through this meteor-wrong. Still a very cool conversation piece.

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Now i still see the gold and silver mix but also what seems like sand melted with the silver. Totally confused now and my eyes are killing me from looking at it so hard. hahaha

Did you read the slag link I provided above? I really thing that's what you have here. Good luck, and keep searching!

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