Why this rock is probably not a meteorite:

This photo was sent by a collector from Morocco.

The rock has a coating that might be a fusion crust.

The shape is consistent with a meteorite - mostly smooth, with rounded edges and corners, but some broken areas.

On the near edge there are shiny spots that could be metal grains poking through the fusion crust. Such exposures are common in ordinary chondrites.
What is it?

This might be a meteorite, an ordinary chondrite. Thousands of such rocks have been found in the desert of Algeria and Morocco over the past several years, e.g., NWA 869.


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.