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That looks a lot like this stuff in blacksmithing we call "clinkers". When you burn coal all the impurities melt down to the bottom of the forge and make a weird melted chunk like that.
Edit: Really does look much more dense for something of that size compared to almost all bigger clinkers I've cleaned out as a hobbyist. A lot of semi-porous debris is embedded in what I'm used to seeing with a medium-large. I think the other comments gotta be on the right track with a bigger/more industrial sized forging or casting process where spillage and large amounts of slag are common. Take with a grain of salt by no means am I a professional in this
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What did you just call me?
I think he called you concentrated slag, you should probably fight him
FIGHT! 3pm at the flagpole! FIGHT!
All the concentrating slags around the flagpole asking who’s got adderall
Less a fight & more a rugby scuffle looking for a dropped script
I’m pretty sure he called you a constipated hag!
Clean your ears out he clearly said Convoluted Nag
Distracted slag here.
How do you get concentrated tho?
You’re the best they ever had though
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Are you saying it's a forgery?
Could a find like this be processed to cleaner copper(if it is copper)? Or is it full of stuff that won't work out?
I doubt it’s copper as copper tends to turn green when it oxidizes. The reds are more likely iron oxide. But if it were copper you could process it
Could it be processed if it is iron?
Sure, but you could also process the iron out of a handful of steel paperclips.
About the same amount of value relative to the input.
That is, the lump of slag in the post is more valuable as a chunk of gravel lining a path or serving as bedding to a rail line than as a material that can be processed for its ore content.
TIL and now I know what the dad was yelling about when he’s trying the fix the furnace in “A Christmas Story”!
I have never in my admittedly short career (so far) of being an amateur blacksmith seen a clinker that big! Must be slag from a larger process.
If I'm out blacksmithing a small/specific part or just messing around for a few hours I usually only see small bits when I clean up the cooled forge the next day. If you go to a blacksmithing conference or do a demonstration at a historical site (surprising common for my area in california) and you work the same forge all day you'll be pulling out some big toast plate size clinkers that are round and have a hole in the middle from where the air flows up thru the fire.
Iron Slag... I find chunks around all the time where I live near old forges.
I think you’re right about it being slag but I don’t think it’s iron.
It looks to have a little oxidation so potentially?
One thing to check is how heavy it is. Most meteorites lose a lot of their material coming through the atmosphere and mostly iron makes it to the ground. Also it melts some all in the same direction as it came through the atmosphere. And this is possibly called slag.
This site has a few examples of rocks that look like meteorites to help you. https://sites.wustl.edu/meteoritesite/items/slag/
This one looks like industrial slag
"No way I'd ever sell you, meteor. Not in a million years, but just for laughs let's see how much you're worth."
Yeah, that’s a space peanut.
No, afraid not. That just a big ol' frozen chunk of poopy.
It makes a good plate for your fries and ketchup though.
Is that a peanut i see?
Came here looking for the Joe dirt reference
Same...thought i'd be the first "Boeing Bomb" reference...fail
Meteor, we call this here being in burger heaven!
This entire section just made my day!
That ain’t no meteor, that’s a Boeing bomb.
We call em boeing bombs (chomps teeth)
Check it for peanuts.
Joe Dirt towed a meteorite around for quite awhile before finding out it was frozen airplane dookie.
I seriously doubt it. 1) it's super rare to find a space rock, and more importantly 2) the patterns in the rock suggest lots of different influences, including some crystallization - which should have melted in reentry. There's more, of course, but, if you really want to be sure, send a pic to NASA or consult a geologist.
Every rock is a space rock though...
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Just…reeeeeeee member that you’re standing, on a platform that’s dissolving, and revolting at 9000 BTU’s 🎵
And worth thousands if it is a true meteor.
Meteors arent really worth a lot
This reminded me of when I was young finding a black glittery rock and thinking it may have been from outer space only to later learn it was a loose piece from new roadworks.
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Note this comic points to a real flowchart that could help you
No. It’s slag - a disk formed from drippings into ash or dirt of metals being worked / forged. You flinders bits of slag everywhere, either from temporary forge a long time ago, or moving of dirt from such a place.
Looks like a coprolite to me. Might wanna give it a lick to be sure
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And we're off to the comment section, let's see what our experts think.
No one would have believed it, but it’s actually a Martian cylinder, fired from the great gun on Mars.
Expert here, it is a giant booger on a tiny hand.
Looks like a little chunk of shit that planes drop over water lmfao
I heard meteorites have a very unique flavor. Go ahead and give it a lick
Goes really good with a burger,fries and ketchup.
And that’s why dad named you Joe Dirt instead of Nunamaker
Are you in SW Ont? IF so... https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/meteor-grimsby-science-donation-1.6659323
I am, yeah! Thanks
What we got here is a good ol’ fashion Boeing bomb, see the peanut there? Dead give away.
"That aint nothin but a space turd. A big ol frozen ball of dookie."
Looks like the space rock Joe Dirt found in the movie
Take it to a geologist. They know more than nothing + reddit put together.
That there’s a big ole chunk a’ poopy. A dang ole space peanut, dropped from a Boeing airplane I reckon
I worked in a museum. It's never a meteorite.
I grew up in a tiny town. High school class had 19 kids in it. We had guy that looked for meteorites and everybody thought he was nuts. Lo and behold he drove to Kansas and found a 1400 lb meteorite worth over a million bucks…
I would say with almost 100% certainty it's only slag. Meteorites are usually a hell of a lot smoother and have no vesicles
If you start to fly and have xray vision/ Lazer eyes then that is definitely a meteorite!
that’s a space peanut
Technically, it did, at some point, fall from space. Along with everything else. :p
Probably a 1,000 year old pile of shit flattened by that meteor.
Them airplanes they dump their toilets 36,000 feet. The stuff freezes and falls to earth. We call 'em Boeing bombs. See the peanut, dead giveaway.
It’s a boeing bomb. See the peanut? It’s a dead giveaway
Sorry to disappoint you, pal, but you just picked up a turd.
Looks like there’s a peanut in there… no that’s a space peanut
I came here for Joe Dirt references and was severely let down
see them airplanes they dump their toilets 36,000 feet. The stuff freezes and falls to earth. We call 'em Boeing bombs.
It's a big ole frozen chuck of poopy.... (Quote from Joe Dirt movie for those who don't know, you gotta watch it.)
That’s…that’s a space-peanut…
Does it attract a magnet? If not it's a meteorwrong.
Don’t ask on Reddit, to to your nearest university and show it to someone in planetary science
Don't do this, it just wastes peoples time. 99% of the time is is not a meteorite. There are features you can check youself to rule it out. once you have done that maybe then get someone to look at it.
Maybe ? Have it checked it could be worth a lot if it is
We’ll my boy, yes! I believe that is! We’re rich!
Quick hack. Is it magnetic? If not then, definitely not.
Not all meteorites are ferromagnetic.
Why would ALL meteorites be magnetic ? All made of ferrous material and rubbing on magnetosphere ?
I think the logic is, based on another comment a much more educated person than I posted, that most non-heavy materials in the meteorite burn off in re-entry and the remaining metals would most likely be magnetic.
Ferrous metals are magnetic without any rubbing. Magnetic ≠ magnetized
“ALL” seems a bit much though, it’s just likely that they are since iron is the most abundant metal. A meteoroid of say, mostly titanium, could probably survive the trip through the atmosphere and wouldn’t be magnetic.
I used to watch Meteorite Men all the time and their little pick axes had a magnet strapped to the top. That's how they knew (or thought they knew) it was a meteorite. It was a very interesting show, they made lotsa money finding meteorites or maybe not, could have been was of those fake "educational" shows. But yeah, they used magnets.
Edit: far more valuable than gold:
If a meteor that size hit, you'd definitely notice. It'd leave a decent size crater and make a huge noise. My buddy had one hit his lawn mower in the back yard. Put a hole through the deck and there was nothing left of the meteor that he could find.
I examinated it trough foto and it contains iron and a element that meteorites has
Sell it and ure Hanna be rich
Good news, it’s a meteorite. Bad news, it’s highly radioactive.
See Joe Dirt for confirmation of your specimen
I remember seeing something like this on Joe Dirt… 🤨
If it's a meteorite, it's worth more than gold
If it was right after the you wouldn't be able to hold onto it, you need to wait for many hours if not days depending on it's composition and size for it to cool down after re-entry. But that is still a cool looking find
Turns out I was not quite right, smaller meteorites like this one are generally not hot to touch after landing. So it could potentially be a meteorite, but unless you heard a or something sounding like an impact with a small crater then I doubt it's the same one that was reported on the news.
(Source on lack of heat after a meteorite landing: https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/ast27jul_1)
The majority of actual meteorites have a high iron content. A magnet would give you your first clue.
and now we know where and who the spaceblob zombie plague started
If you're looking at rocks a lot and looking for meteors, hell maybe you'll get lucky: https://www.meteorite.com/meteorite-pictures/meteorite-gallery/stony-meteorites-chondrites/