| Why this rock is
probably not a meteorite:
Because there's no fusion crust. Also, the finder said that it was
one of 400 lunar meteorites he'd found "hiding in plain site"
near his home in Colorado. He said with some assurance that this was
a lunar gabbronorite.
|What is it?
It looks like some rounded and polished cobble like you could find
anywhere in the Rocky Mountains.
|More to the story
The finder of this rock directed me to a website where he had photos
of many rocks that he identified as lunar and martian meteorites and
other rare meteorite types. He eventually sent me 32 rocks to look
at. There wasn't anything about any of them that suggested that they
were meteorites. I tried to reason with him in a polite manner, but
he had already made up his mind. After many e-mail exchanges, he became
irrational. "I have given you this potential discovery on a silver
platter, but you have chosen to spit in my eye, as if I was some kind
of lowly peon. Never, have I been treated with such arrogant malice!"
He's never provided any evidence other than his opinion that any of
his rocks are meteorites.
Nevertheless, he has attempted to sell several of these rocks on e-bay
as rare types of meteorites. One "lunar olivine-pyroxene meteorite"
he was willing to relinquish for $636,000.