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What do you guys think? I found these 2 specimens relatively close to each other. They're without a doubt some kind of dense metal. I'm assuming possibly iron simply by the color and rusting. Very magnetic and heavy as well of course. I am not too familiar however on the best way to identify an Iron outside of the lab. Should I grind a corner and then see if it etches? And suggestions, opinions, or ideas welcomed. Here is a link to more photos of the 2 specimens in my Picasa albums: https://picasaweb.go...feat=directlink

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This is one reason that I think they lean more towards the possibility of being meteorites, because of the edges, Opinions?

FYI(in the pics above) - Specimen #1 is 159.6 grams - Specimen #2 is 249.8 grams

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First guess would be balls from a ball mill...Second would be a meteorite...Shaped so identically and close together I'd favor my first guess and would bet there's a few more in the area ... But join you in hoping for the second guess ... Cheers, Unc

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These are definitely worth a second and third look. Unc may be right, but the fun is in finding out what you've got. Though it's not 100%, did you try a nickel test (Nickel Alert at Walgreen)? Since you've got it open, maybe a scratch test?. Good luck

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Though it's not 100%, did you try a nickel test (Nickel Alert at Walgreen)?

Not even 1%, those allergy tests are no where near accurate enough to provide any useful info for meteorite i.d. O. Richard Norton outlines an acceptable method for testing for the presence of nickel in Rocks From Space.

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Good to know MikeStang. I've been wondering about them. So you don't recommend them even as a quick and dirty test in the field?

Thanks,

Saginaw

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