| Why this rock is probably not a meteorite:
When I saw this photo, I said "That's an iron meteorite!"
It does have a morphology like some iron meteorites. [Do a Google
search on "Sikhote-Alin", "Henbury meteorite",
or "Campo del Cielo meteorite" for dealer photos. Here's
one that I took of small fragments of Sikhote-Alin.]
If I'd been more careful before blurting, it would have occurred
me that the bottom of this thing must be rather flat for it to be
sitting so close to the table in the photo. There are no extensive
on a meteorite.
|What is it?
We analyzed a small piece of this thing. It's iron metal with impurities.
The nickel concentration was <0.3%. In an iron meteorite it's greater
than 5%. Iridium was <1 ppb. Any iron meteorite would have >5
ppb and most would have several hundred or more.
It was found in western Colorado. It's probably waste from an old
smelter or forge. I suspect that molten metal was poured on the ground,
apparently on gravel or rocks. The original top of the molten metal
(now, the bottom in the photo) was above the rocks, so the top solidified
flat. The original bottom, the surface we see in the photo, is a cast
of the rocky surface.