Jump to content
Nugget Shooter Forums

Missy's rocks, what are they?


Recommended Posts

Hello there! I am a new member here and first would like to thank who ever thought up this forum! I have been searching the internet for months for something like this! 😁 I also have found several rocks that I am no certain of! They all pass the " meteorite testing" but I am still uncertain where to have them tested! I am from a very small town and no one at all close to me qualified in examining my rocks! They are highly magnet, metallic underlying & VERY dense for their size! 

IMG_20190112_130233823.jpg

IMG_20190122_113015631.jpg

IMG_20190122_113029512.jpg

IMG_20190122_112923743.jpg

IMG_20190112_125100133.jpg

IMG_20190112_124742139.jpg

IMG_20190112_130759006.jpg

IMG_20190112_130907229.jpg

IMG_20190112_130939025.jpg

IMG_20190112_130945850.jpg

IMG_20190112_125000556.jpg

IMG_20190112_125015451.jpg

IMG_20190121_212148174.jpg

IMG_20190112_130129883.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Missy,

They are all certainly not meteorites. They look basaltic. Iron in rocks is very common and not a good indicator alone of a meteorite.

Take a look at your rock(s). If it glistens like a crystal structure (ie: quartz) at any point in the rock it can’t be a meteorite. If it has layers, it can’t be a meteorite, it’s sedimentary. If it has small gas bubbles in it, it can’t be a meteorite. It’s basalt. If it is moderately magnetic it is not a meteorite. If there is a thick crust on it, it can’t be a meteorite. File off a corner or cut it. It won’t diminish it’s value. If there is all bright silvery metal it can’t be a meteorite. If it is all grey metal it can’t be a meteorite. If there is black crust as thin as a fingernail, and crazing on the outside of the rock, it might be a meteorite. If there are small silver specks visible in the filed off section, it might be meteorite.

There are billions of magnetic rocks in the US, none of which are meteorites. Anyone can find magnetic earth stones nearly everywhere. Just take a strong magnet and drop into sand and you will see what I mean. Check our O Richard Norton’s, “Rocks from Space” or visit the ASU Meteorite Center or similar meteorite display venue.

Keep looking down. They are are out there.

Cheers!

billpeters

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Au Seeker changed the title to Missy's rocks, what are they?

Missy,

Welcome to the forum!

First I have moved your posts and the replies into it's own topic since this is someone else's topic and so you can get more attention from those knowledgeable with rocks to help ID your specimens, I may later move it to the Rocks, Minerals and Fossil forum section because I don't think they're meteorites as Bill has mentioned.

Where were these found?

If they were found in Florida I think they maybe fossilized coral, and if so some of them could also be agatized coral, which is Florida's state rock, on the outside fossilized coral and agatized coral looks the same but agatized coral when cut open reveals the agate portion which has formed inside.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If your rocks attract a magnet and look like this... then you possibly might have volcanic magnetite here. I've been to a site in the southwestern desert with specimens this large and abundant.

lavarock4_crop2.jpg

lavarock4_crop3.jpg

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...