Why this rock is probably not a meteorite:

This one IS a fragment of a meteorite.
What is it?

This is an ordinary chondrite that was found in the western desert of Egypt. The photos show the two sides. In the top photo, the shiny coating may not be a fusion crust, but a coating of desert varnish. The fragment looks rather weathered, and there's no hint of chondrules on the exposed surfaces. It's distinctly magnetic. Click on images for enlargement.

This is the first meteoRIGHT sent to me by an amateur meteorite finder. We identified it on the basis of its chemical composition.


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.