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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2010, 07:19:26 pm »
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I've you another possible hint>LOOK AT "Tektite's",they have a specific has as to when entering atmosphere of the planet earth>You will note rings of near ovals in one of your pictures about three or four>This does seem a fragment of larger>Now if your real "LUCKY",possibly a specific collection of fusions to a "rare meteor">>and or also to "specific"<hit at different time in earths era"............Which may match other global finds thousands of miles away.To a specific hit upon planet.And do check around area you found your find.If you find a small one I'd be interested has a paperweight,since i had one of friend in my hands a bit larger an not same material not to long ago,he found in Arizona.you obviously don't have a "tektite",but a similar to effect incoming heart up's before it exploded or "fragmented".this is has as to pix 161-1 of you three pix.Ether way.your getting a astro education!!!ha ha ha ha
            Be nice to say i know of some one in Borneo of the larger find. you can email me at wxxxp@hotmail.com     any time

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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2010, 07:23:10 am »
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My thanks to Xxxp, Edjcox and Vortrex for all of your respective inputs! This has opened up a whole new world for me, and surfing around for images of meteorites, I can now understand the beauty of them.

After much thought, I've decided that it'd be far-fetched for that Belgian's land art to end up here. I believe Edjcox is right: the blue's from chemical discoloration from the seawater. At any rate, whatever the lump is, I am taking all your advices (Edjcox and Xxxp) to heart and will not do anything to it till I can locate a learned person to examine it. I doubt local universities here have anyone who studies meteors, but I shall try them all the same, and will take better photos to mail to Mr Meteorite.

In answer to your question, Edjcox, this was found in knee deep seawater along the eastern coast of Borneo island. I'm sorry I can't be more precise than that.

Xxxp, I shall research Tektites. However, I can't seem to see any of the ovals which you mentioned. Maybe my eyes aren't trained like yours are. If you (or anyone else) would like high resolution photos of this lump (5Mb/photo, at least 3 photos), do let me know and I shall send them off once I've taken better shots in sunlight.

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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2010, 08:31:14 am »
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I agree, don't do anything to clean it on your own, but most importantly protect it from air! You don't want it to react with oxygen or moisture in the air. Take those high resolution pics and e-mail them to Ruben. Again this guy is very well connected and known globally in the scientific community for his finds. Hopefully not a meteorwrong. Best wishes to you and keep us posted on the outcome of your investigation  Clapp

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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2010, 06:38:17 pm »
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Hi Cyberborikua and all.

The full-resolution images have been sent to Mr Meteorite. His website warns that he may not be able to reply to all mails as he gets hundreds per month. If he does reply, I shall post what he says here.

Attached are lower-resolution cropped photos of what I emailed to him. Photo #6 is a closeup of what appears to be rust, but I placed a fridge magnet all over the piece and there was no attraction.

Wow..as I typed this post, I got a reply from Mr Meteorite:

"Does NOT appear to be a meteorite but I would have to hold it to be sure....
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Ruben Garcia
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Ah well, I don't think I'll be sending the lump halfway across the globe.

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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2010, 07:09:06 pm »
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Definitely take it to a university to have it tested... be sure to keep us updated. This is really interesting.

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All metallic meteorites are magnetic I read keep trying though

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« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2010, 08:03:20 pm »
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maybe it's chromite ore,

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« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2010, 08:26:20 pm »
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This is like detective work!
Figured I had nothing to lose by swabbing the exposed portions with Glo metal polish. It shines rather like iron pyrite (please see attached photo).

Here's a summary of this lump's characteristics:
1) Non-magnetic
2) Specific gravity: 8.0256
3) Streak on unglazed back part of ceramic tile: grey-black. I scraped a shiny exposed portion on the tile 8 times to be sure.
4) Hardness: cannot be indented with fingernail, but can be scratched by ordinary stainless steel kitchen knife.
5) No fusion crust visible (at least to my untrained eyes).
6) No thumbprints (regmaglypts) visible.
7) This lump's exposed portions are of a very consistent coloration, maybe TOO consistent to be a natural object.

Non-magnetic meteorites are extremely rare, so rare that one website I came across says that if it's non-magnetic, chances are that it's not a meteorite.

I do not mean to lessen the helpful and generous inputs of all who replied to this thread, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I chanced across the slag waste material of British or Japanese field kilns or a gang of fake gold bar crooks!

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« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2010, 09:38:24 pm »
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for me that's 80 percent chromite ore,

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« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2010, 10:49:02 pm »
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Hi Ram,

I'm leaning towards chalcopyrite because of the blue tarnish and brassy yellow color which chromite ore does not have. However there's still 2 things which do not add up:

I tapped the side of the lump with a hammer and it did not shatter or flake; it flattened rather easily. Chalcopyrite is supposed to be brittle like other pyrites.

The specific gravity of chalcopyrite and chromite ore doesn't match to that of this lump's. My simple 30kg digital scale, basin of water and string may not be the state-of-the-art way of determining SG, but I can't be that far off. All the same I'll perform the test for the 4th time later on. Thanks for the input!

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