There was a lot of controversy surrounding this specimen. I bought
the 57 pound piece from Peltedplanet about ten days ago. Based on a
conversation with Robert Szep. He said there was a lot of solid metal
found in the meteor wrongs he had for sale. He said some looked like
mesosiderites as nice as Esterville and others were found to be nearly
pure iron. I thought if nothing else it would be nice to have big
pieces of native iron. Robert said the streak test did not show
hematite at all. He said a number of local Canadian collectors had
bought small specimens from him and were satisfied they were real.
I believed him, because he has a Geology degree and is ( I thought ) a
well respected dealer. I thought the piece should be sliced and sent to
a respected lab.
I am embarassed to have believed him.
There is no need to have this analyzed. It is Hematite.
After recieving the specimen, I imediately cut it. I could see the
tell tale red of hematite as soon as the blade hit the rock. After the
cut was finished, there was no visible metalic iron, not even at 10
power could metal be seen.
The regmaglypts Robert saw, appear to be nothing more than desert wind blown sand blasting of the surface.
I am not asking you to buy this piece. I am trying to put an end to
this situation. I am not an expert, but have a fairly wide Earth
Science background. I have a BA in Physical Anthropology as well as
I received numerous emails regarding my buying this piece and felt
like a fool when I saw the second piece for sale. It seems so obvious
it is hematite.
I will wait to leave feedback for peltedplanet, until I here back from Rob. I have left a phone message.
If you do want to buy this to see for yourself it weighs about 6 and 3/4 pounds.
I am Jim Coffman IMCA member # 6622.
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On Jul-31-04 at 06:04:33 PDT, seller added the following information:It
has been pointed out to me, that it would be prudent to do a nickel
test. I do not have a nickel test kit, so it may take a while.