This 73g stone was found in the subsoil of a Merseyside garden, the land has historically only been used as farmland, the stone reacts moderately to a magnet throughout, and has some small silver inclusions that may be nickel iron, some oxidised iron can be seen on the outer skin.
Judging by the way it cut on the diamond saw I would say the hardness is somewhere between 5 and 7, on a tile streak test it showed as dark grey.
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Nice specimen, I really hope you have found real meteorite.
I`m a bit confused when it comes to meteorites,
aren`t they supposed to have white streak otherwise the specimen is more likely to be
hematite than meteorite?
It is an intriguing specimen; a good find in any case.
Thanks for showing the sawn faces; it is not often we get a contributor who has access to a rock saw.
I presume those long thin paler lines are crystals. I don't recognize them (though on a different scale, they remind me of devitrification crystallites in obsidian). I wish I could examine them under a petrological microscope.
I suggest you work your way through the tests, such as mentioned on these pages:
- http://epswww.unm.edu/iom/ident/index.html (also a useful table of densities)