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meteorite from Taouz ?

Posted by José Zendrera  
José Zendrera 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:


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Alfredo Petrov 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.
José Zendrera February 21, 2012 02:25AM
More pics:

More details:

And more:

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

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José Zendrera 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.

Alfredo Petrov 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.
Uwe Kolitsch February 21, 2012 10:49AM
Looks more like a slag than anything else.
José Zendrera 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.

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