Maybe this isn’t that mysterious. However, quite some time ago my daughter found this rock in the backyard. First, you must understand that this is an odd occurrence. In this part of Louisiana, there really aren’t any rocks, just dirt. When she showed it to me, I readily dismissed it as some lava rock from someone’s garden. That was the end of the story until a year later when she found it again. This time, I held it and realized it was way too dense to be a a normal lava rock. Holding it up to a magnet, I found that there was some interaction.
Skip forward a little bit of time. I had some people that know a little bit more about rocks look at it. Here are some pictures.
These are pictures through a sucky microscope (taken with my phone)
So, what is it? I have three possibilities.
Slag is left over stuff from smelting or other man-made stuff. The only problem is that slag rarely has crystals inside of it. This rock does (see the arrow)
Basalt is a type of volcanic rock. Can basalt have iron in it? I am told, yes it can although that is rare. So, there is nothing to say it is basalt expect what would that be doing in my back yard? I looked around in people’s yards and could only find the normal red lava rocks being used. Maybe this somehow got mixed in, but maybe not. Maybe someone had a rock collection and got really angry at their rock. In an attempt to unleash his/her anger, he/she threw the rock in my backyard. It could happen.
This is what I wanted it to be, because I think that would be cool. Also, if it were a meteorite, maybe I could get superhuman powers if I licked it. I know, I know. Everyone thinks they have a meteorite, I have already been lectured. Why can’t this be a meteorite? Well..(from my extensive online reading – in particular, check out meteorwrongs)
- There is no fusion crust. Basically, this is the outer part of the meteorite that got really hot. It should be shiny. If it is a really old meteorite, then this could be weathered away. However, after interrogating my daughter, it seems she just found it laying in the back yard.
- Holes. Meteorites can have holes, but it seems this is not too common.
So, there is really nothing that says it can’t be a meteorite, but you never really know unless someone saw it fall from the sky.
Tell me what you think. Maybe you have some good ideas.