Meteorite worth any money?

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  1. 1985 4Runner

    1985 4Runner Agitator

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    I have what I believe to be a meteorite. It was passed down to my mother from her father. He found it, but my mother can't remember where or when and my grandfather has long passed on.

    Anyway, I found it the other day while working in the garage. It's about the size of a Nerf footbal & weighs a lot (10+lbs). Seems to be ferrous and has a dark brown/rust color to it, covered in pock-marks & looks like it came from space.

    I will try to post up a pic tomorrow & hopefully someone can positively ID it for me before I take it to get tested.

    Are these things worth any money? I have read that some sell for thousands of dollars.

    And lastly, no it's not poo...:supergrin:

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  2. true believer

    true believer Super Moderator Moderator

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    i think i saw something about a show on discovery or history channel..some could be..
    :whistling:

    ps
    dont eat mcdonalds on it...are you sure its not green frozen poo?
    :rofl::supergrin:
     

  3. CLena88

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    If it has certain elements in it, it could be worth $1000's of dollars. If not, it could be worth squat.
     
  4. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    if it is
    yes it is
    picture?
     
  5. kc lefty

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    they are actually worth a hefty some if it is actually a metorite depending on size and condition.

    take it to any college with a geologist and they should be able to confirm that is authentic or frozen POOH.

    THAT RIGHT I SAID HEMI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
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    Does it have any space peanuts in it? :)
     
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    looks more like a giant date than a meteorite to me.
     
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    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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    :dunno::supergrin:
     
  10. 1985 4Runner

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    Touche'

    :supergrin:
     
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    Does it say "Made in Taiwan" ? :)
     
  12. DRZ

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    Ditto.
     
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    pretty cool, i hope to find somethin like that someday.



    My friend found a white, grape sized "rock", almost completely spherical just above the waterline on a muddy river bank while canoeing.

    Took it to a rock shop, and the guy couldn't scratch it with a diamond. He said it was from space, but that is all he knew.:dunno:
     
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    I know very little but from the ones I have seen in science museums and on tv if it is the size of a football it would be considerably heavier than 10lbs. It should also be magnetic as I believe the only meteors to make it to the ground are predominantly iron.
     
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    davew83 hhhhhhhhmmmmmmm

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    my first thought also
     
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    Is that thing in the wagon the "meteorite" in question?

    If it is, it might be a "volcanic bomb", a big chunk of gas foamed pumice.
    Volcanic Bombs are ejected at very high speed in a molten state, and are very light in weight. The football shape with the grooves could be explained by the high speed ejection while a ball of almost completely molten rock foam. Air pressure might force the pumice into that shape while cooling the outside 'till it had a hard shell with a molten interior. If it then fell into water, that would complete the cooling process, making the bomb keep its shape. It would float because of all of the entrained gasses.

    Just some speculation.

    If that is indeed a meteorite, it would have crushed that wagon flat! That is why I speculated about volcanic bombs

    If it is a volcanic bomb, there might be some museum or some scientists which would pay plenty for it.

    Just some food for thought. :supergrin:
     
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    Good lord people. Go out and Rent 'Joe Dirt'

    To the OP, meteorites can certainly be worth a chunk of change. Even the one's that aren't worth huge bucks can be donated to museums or universities. Good luck.
     
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    I want to find something from space :supergrin:
     
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    Hey, are you done with that apple core???