Mindat Logo
bannerbannerbannerbanner
Welcome!

meteorite from Taouz ?

Posted by José Zendrera  
avatar meteorite from Taouz ?
February 21, 2012 02:20AM
This afternoon a friend ask me help for identify a stone that was brought from Morocco a few time ago. To me it looks like a meteorite, but as I know almost nothing about these fascinating rocks from space, I came here and I ask for your opinion. Thank you very much for your comment.

I can provide this data:
Location: Taouz, Morocco
Purchase Date: Summer 2010
Density: ± 6-7
Measures: 18 x 16 x 8 cm.
Weight: 4.5 Kg
Magnetic: no
No bubbles but a few small holes (see photos).
Do not let trace on paper.

Here are the pictures:
One side:


Other side:


Detail:


Josele
Re: meteorite from Taouz ?
February 21, 2012 02:24AM
Looks like a wind abraded hematite concretion. Check whether it leaves a dark red-brown mark when rubbed on a piece of broken porcelain. If not, it might be some type of glassy slag.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/21/2012 02:27AM by Alfredo Petrov.
avatar Re: meteorite from Taouz ?
February 21, 2012 02:25AM
More pics:

More details:


And more:


Small break where you can see the inside. FoV= 2,5 cm.


Josele
avatar Re: meteorite from Taouz ?
February 21, 2012 02:29AM
Thanks Alfredo, you are fast! I had no time to post all pictures!

No, it not leaves a dark red-brown mark when rubbed on a piece of broken porcelain. Just a white scratch, Is harder than porcelain.

Josele
Re: meteorite from Taouz ?
February 21, 2012 02:42AM
Hello Jose,
Better check the density again - 6 would be quite heavy for something so hard. Almost certainly something synthetic.
Cheers,
Alfredo
Re: meteorite from Taouz ?
February 21, 2012 10:49AM
    
Looks more like a slag than anything else.
avatar Re: meteorite from Taouz ?
February 21, 2012 03:24PM
I made a mistake when weighting the piece with a personal scale: the right weight is 4055 g and volume is exactly 1000 cm3 then density is 4, not 6 - 7 as I said at the beginning, very sorry.
Anyway my question is answered: is not a meteorite but a slag or, in the best case, a hematite or goethite aggregate.
My friend will be happy: he loves the fakes! he has an incredible collection of fake minerals from Morocco! Thanks to all for your help.

Josele
Author:

Your Email:


Subject:


Attachments:
  • Valid attachments: jpg, gif, png, pdf
  • No file can be larger than 1000 KB
  • 3 more file(s) can be attached to this message

Spam prevention:
Please, enter the code that you see below in the input field. This is for blocking bots that try to post this form automatically. If the code is hard to read, then just try to guess it right. If you enter the wrong code, a new image is created and you get another chance to enter it right.
CAPTCHA
Message:
Mineral and/or Locality  
Search Google  
Copyright © Jolyon Ralph and Ida Chau 1993-2014. Site Map. Locality, mineral & photograph data are the copyright of the individuals who submitted them. Site hosted & developed by Jolyon Ralph. Mindat.org is an online information resource dedicated to providing free mineralogical information to all. Mindat relies on the contributions of thousands of members and supporters. Mindat does not offer minerals for sale. If you would like to add information to improve the quality of our database, then click here to register.
Current server date and time: December 23, 2014 03:47:42
Mineral and Locality Search
Mineral:
and/or Locality:
Options
Fade toolbar when not in focusFix toolbar to bottom of page
Hide Social Media Links
Slideshow frame delay seconds