posted on Aug, 3 2011 @ 10:44 PM
While at a local beach with the kids I noticed a small portion of the "meteorite" showing from beneath a piece of driftwood.
After much digging and sand removal I was able to inspect the "meteorite" in its entirety. I've watched many shows on meteorites, mainly meteorite
men, and I must say it seems to be a meteorite. I'm posting this to see if there's any meteorite collectors or specialist on ats that could help me
determine if this is an actual meteorite or meteor-wrong. After finding the specimen, I went home to do some research. I found many sites to help me
determine whether or not it is a meteorite. I went back to the beach a week later, ( I had to go out of town ) to discover that a recent storm had
completely exposed the "meteorite"
I was thrilled to find it exposed because I had brought my "meteorite test kit". My research on the internet said it should be magnetic.... Check!
Should have black to dark brown exterior with some "thumbprints"... Check! Should show signs of rust present... Check! Should be heavier than it
appears... Check! (I estimate it at 400-500 lbs). Should have silvery metallic flakes or solid shiny metal beneath the crust... Check!
Using my handheld drill I made a test hole in the "meteorite" and it revealed perfectly shiny metal! (Silver spot in the middle of the picture)
The only test I couldn't perform was a chemical test for the presence of nickel. (Telltale proof of a meteorite)
From my online research, I would classify this as an iron or a stony-iron meteorite.
So if anyone can help me out with determining if this is a meteorite I would sure appreciate it! I'm going with three other guys tomorrow to retrieve
the specimen and take it home. So either I'm gonna be a rich man or I will have a very heavy garden ornament.
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