Why this rock is probably not a meteorite:

1) No fusion crust.

2) Looks metallic, but it's not dense (heavy) enough for an iron meteorite.

3) If it looks metallic, but it's not magnetic, it's not a meteorite
What is it?

The finder found it along a road.  Our analysis showed it to be metallic silicon, which does not occur in nature.  This is an industrial product. We don't know how it got in the road.

We also examined another piece of silicon metal that the finder insisted had split his tree in two. Maybe it did, but it didn't come from outer space. 


Prepared by:

Randy L. Korotev

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis

Please don't contact me about the meteorite you think you’ve found until you read this and this.