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  1. Uncle Ron, Great finds! Great pics! Its nice to get back to real meteorites once in awhile. billpeters
  2. Jimale, It is not a meteorite. billpeters
  3. Either white crystal or calcified inclusions, rough coarse surface, definitely not a meteorite. Leaverite. billpeters
  4. Slag, not a meteorite. billpeters
  5. Natural terrestrial, sedimentary, conglomerate stone. Posted in the wrong forum. billpeters
  6. Not even close to a meteorite. billpeters
  7. Jimale, Take a look at your rock(s). If it glistens like a crystal structure, ie: quartz, or has any other crystal structure at any point in the rock (not counting processed widmanstatten irons) it can’t be a meteorite. If it has layers, it can’t be a meteorite, it’s sedimentary. If it has gas bubbles in it, it can’t be a meteorite. It’s either basalt or sedimentary. If there is a thick crust on it, it can’t be a meteorite. File off a corner. It won’t diminish it’s value. If there is all bright silvery metal, it can’t be a meteorite. If it is all grey metal, it can’t be a meteorite. If it is moderately magnetic it is unlikely to be a meteorite. If there is black crust as thin as a fingernail, and crazing on the outside of the rock only which does NOT go into the rock, it might be a meteorite. If there are small silver specks visible in the filed off section, it might be meteorite. If it is extremely dense, highly magnetic and has thumb prints it might be a meteorite. There are billions of magnetic rocks in the Kenya and the USA, none of which are meteorites. Anyone can find magnetic earth stones nearly everywhere. Just take a strong magnet and drop into sand and you will see what I mean. Check out O Richard Norton’s, “Rocks from Space” as a resource guide. There are some rare exceptions to these rules, but the principles stand. Keep looking down they're out there. billpeters
  8. Wet, You are technically correct about magnets on meteorites. It is important for the scientific community to have pristine, original samples of new finds. Your suggestion about using a compass is excellent. Thanks, billpeters
  9. Jimale, The crystalline structure, plus the lack of any meteorite characteristics, confirms the last pics are of a terrestrial rock. Your manmade, square knife sharpening stone has got a great history and should be kept in the family, but there is no fusion crust nor shock veins present. It is not a meteorite. The interior from the pics are typical terrestrial and atypical for any meteorite. It is possible that it is a naturally formed square rock rather than a worked stone. Closer inspection should be able to tell. I would suggest that you obtain a high powered neodymium magnet to check rocks. Remember though that magnetic terrestrial rocks are everywhere. I would also suggest that you visit the meteoritics collection of you closest natural history museum as well to build you knowledge base. I am also looking forward to your report after you bring what you've got to a university geology department professor for examination. billpeters
  10. Jimale, There have only been six meteorites recovered and recorded in Kenya over the past 200 years, five falls and one find. You have given us no indication that that number has changed. billpeters
  11. Wet/dry, If you have got reasonably probable meteorites I can get them tested for free, which is always the charge at ASU Meteorite Center, by Lawrence Garvey. They would have to be highly likely to be meteorites to be tested and classified. The "Meteorite Men" Show ruined it about 10 years ago for labs testing possible meteorites because they were overwhelmed by endless meteor-wrongs from the public. Lawrence will only test rocks which are in the high probability range and not NWAs. PC me and we'll talk. billpeters
  12. Jimale, I have about 10 tonnes of that pink gravel in my yard. I could use a couple more tonnes. If you have any to spare let me know. Please visit the University of Nairobi Geology Department and talk to their staff. Bring all of your suspect meteorites and show them what you have got. If any are real they should classify them and the value of the rock will go up. Otherwise, please don't post any more of your rocks here until after a professional geologist has classified them. billpeters
  13. Wet/dry, I'm not a member of the IMCA. I got mine tested for free at the Arizona State Meteorite Center by Lawrence Garvey. It is classified and published in the Meteoritical Bulletin, also for free. Here are the GPS coordinates: State/Prov/County: San Bernardino, Calif. Origin or pseudonym: Dry lake Date: 17 Sep 2000 Latitude: 37°43.61'N Longitude: 114°47.19'W Mass (g): 131 Pieces: 1 Class: H6 Shock stage: S2/3 Weathering grade: W3 Fayalite (mol%): 19 Ferrosilite (mol%): 16.6 Wollastonite (mol%): 1.3 Classifier: G. Huss (ASU) Type spec mass (g): 12.7 Main mass: Bill Peters, Gilbert, Arizona Finder: Bill Peters Comments: Breccia, with rounded clasts. P. S. Another 15 kilos have been recovered. billpeters
  14. Those rocks shown look just as much like diamonds as they do meteorites. Perhaps they have already turned into diamonds on impact. Jimale might have something there. billpeters
  15. Totally cool rock. Totally not a meteorite. Would like to know what it is. billpeters