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Possible Meteorite Found With My Gold Bug 2

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I found this out in San Bernardino burried in hard clay in a wash. It attracts to magnets and has the correct external features ( I think) to be considered a candidate. The last picture is of the window I sanded off. It polishes up like metal. I do have another verified meteorite to compare it to and this one seems very similar in density. What do you think? IMG_1142.JPG.645ae2c3d1aee437b788188947b3213e.JPG

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probably ironstone of some sort...the surface is not what I would expect...but, I am not an expert...

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I agree with Fred; the color and surface features are typical of magnetite, which has a density similar to that of meteorites and a metallic luster on a fresh surface. A simple test would be to rub the stone on a piece of unglazed   porcelain (streak test). Magnetite will leave a dark grey to black streak.

 

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It does leave a black streak....Thanks!

 

But if it was magnetite wouldn't it be magnetic itself?

 

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3 hours ago, nalcomis said:

It does leave a black streak....Thanks!

 

But if it was magnetite wouldn't it be magnetic itself?

 

Although there is a type of magnetite called lodestone that is naturally magnetized, most magnetite is not. However, it can be magnetized with a strong magnet such as a rare earth super magnet.

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