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I was detecting mid slope in an area with almost no trash.  I got a semi-strong and mellow sounding hit near the base of a bush.  I got excited and confident.  10” down this very heavy rock was pulled out.  Looks like a ball of iron but very weak on the magnetic side.  The ground was mild with no hot rocks.  Any suggestions would be welcomed.  And some gold from the last 5 trips.  

Brownie

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NICE GOLD!

I suggest you grind a window and take a look...it could be a low iron/nickel chrondrite.

fred

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Great work bud!! Hopefully a meteorite!!

Chris 

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Looks like an old meteorite, like Gold Basin, Arizona...

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Nice gold and..... I am with Fred and Dave, Meteorite (likely) Nice hunting man! Or at least worth further investigation :2drink:

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Posted (edited)

My first thought too was a meteorite as well

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Yep, I think you got yourself a meteorite, too.  I hope so, anyways.  And nice gold. Thanks for sharing!

 

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SO??????

come now, what is the result?

fred

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Fred, the results ... it is still gold he found in addition to the rock!

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Friend and meteorite officiant Chris put the screws to it yesterday.  👎🏼.  Too heavy and filing down a small window under a loupe confirmed hematite.  I just thought it had a shot since there were no other rocks like it in the area and non that certainly hitting on my detector like it did. 

Brown 

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Interesting, I didn't know you could identify hematite by loupe.  Usually I look for the red streak scratch test.

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@Andyy,

ALL meteorites have Iron (Except Carbonaceous Chrondrites, Lunar, Martian, Howardites, and a FEW VERY RARE TYPES) - NOT DETECTABLE - NO IRON .  You can grind down a small section and you will always see iron "Flakes" unless it is a Pallasite (IE Stoney / Iron in which you will have olivine,  the extraterrestrial version of peridot), and complete Iron Meteorites which literally feels like pure iron which is a Nickle/Iron Matrix. 

The stone that "Brownnugget" Was showing would've fallen under the "Common Chrondrite" - H5 or L4 more than likely  type meteorite which is still rare, but its the common version of meteorites. 

It had me fooled, and I would've had to look at it in person to make a call.

If you ground off a small section and saw no flakes, it was more than likely hematite / magnetite. 

Thanks for your help in the past with your knowledge. 

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16 hours ago, Brownnugget said:

Friend and meteorite officiant Chris put the screws to it yesterday.  👎🏼.  Too heavy and filing down a small window under a loupe confirmed hematite.  I just thought it had a shot since there were no other rocks like it in the area and non that certainly hitting on my detector like it did. 

Brown 

I don't know about that. The area you found it is not known for Hematite. I would like to see the filed window 

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Or better yet, a streak from a fresh portion of the stone.

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Steve,

  Also that area that you found it at, a few meteorites that look like that have been found in same area where you found yours.... bsumbdy (Chris), found the first one a little while back...if you ship it to me, I can do an xrf, to confirm...

Dave

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Thanks to Dolan Dave for agreeing to cut my rock to ID it.  Confirmed space rock!!👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻.  Thank you Dave!

I have since realized there is a meteorite section on Bills forum so I will post there next time.  Just an update for everyone.

brownie 

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Looks like L4 Chondrites, pretty pronounced fusion crust.

Doc

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