Note: Anyone can make a claim that they have found or own an authentic meteorite. It is entirely another matter to offer satisfactory proof of verification or classification from a Meteoritical Society approved institution. The photos below link to suspect meteorites. In the opinion of this author, these auctions may lack either proper verification, credible history or photo, or reasonable supposition to qualify. This does not mean that they are not meteorites, only 'suspect' in the opinion of this author.

eBay seller 'mk_gr'

Question about AUCTION #320201031948
piece of Meteorite from Lake Huron Meteor Impact Crater

This auction is for a nice piece of Meteorite from Lake Huron Meteor crater.
The specimen was recovered from Lake Huron in August of 2006.It measures about 4 inches by 2.75 inches by 1.25 inches, and it weights about 8oz. (or about 225g)( If you are looking for a bigger Meteorite please check my other auction )"With the help of magnetic sensors, scientists have detected a rimmed circular structure, 30 miles in diameter, more than a mile beneath the floor of Lake Huron. They believe the magnetic ring marks a buried crater -- potentially one of the largest known -- blasted by a meteorite meteorite, meteor that survives the intense heat of atmospheric friction and reaches the earth's surface. Because of the destructive effects of this friction, only the very largest meteors become meteorites......... "You can find more information about Lake Huron Impact Crater by going to the link below:

To 'mk_gr'
Why (specifically) do you think this basalt specimen is a meteorite? 99% of meteorites are attracted to a magnet, is this? Did you have an expert verify your specimens?


'mk_gr's response:

If I had the specimen verify by an expert, ... then it would not cost $350. ... and there are no real experts on Meteorites, ... some of those so called experts will tell you that it should atract the magnet, ... and some of them will tell you that it should look like cristal. My point is there is different kind of Meteorites, and each one of them content is not the same.
For example the biggest mine of chromium in the world is in Canada and the those chromium deposits are remains of meteorits. ... and chromium does not atract the magnet. National Geographics has few good shows about Meteorites, ... and they show images of them. Maybe this will help you. This specimen is sold as it is.

I responded:

Thanks, that was kind of helpful. Please tell me if I interpreted your answer correctly:
(1) 'No' - your item is not attracted to a magnet.
(2)There are no real meteorite experts because you tried that and they didn't tell you anything that could help you.

Since you give no specifics as to why you think it is a meteorite other than the reference that you may have seen some images on TV, I can only refer to your description:

(3) You think this is a real meteorite because scientists 'with the help of magnetic sensors' said one hit the area 500 million years ago even though your item isn't magnetic. The magnetic crater rim is about a mile below the surface. Is that correct so far?

The Sudbury mines in Canada do not mine what is considered meteoritic material. Yes, a huge meteor hit the area, but the collision resulted in an huge explosion that cracked the earth's crust. The shattering impact allowed metal rich magma to rise up from the earth's depths and fill the crater.
Best, ....

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