Re: Some other Tests- Ruled out one possibility?
Re: Some other Tests -- Mark80 Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: AnneLFG Post Reply
03/14/2019, 12:29:54

I had thought it may be a drilled out Tektite (ejecta from a meteorite impact), if it had not been magnetic at all- Some of them look quite similar in shape and surface appearance. But- tektites are not magnetic because they are not crystalline. Usually they are formed from some sort of sand or whatever the surface was that melted during the impact.

Dumbbell shaped tektite for reference

However, Some Tektites can contain microscopic Ni-Fe spheroids (Nickel-Iron), so this is a possibility.

The above abstract indicated varying % of Ni-Fe spheroids in some tektites. Impactite glass bombs from the Meteor Crater, AZ area can contain from 20 to 65 weight percent nickel. . Not sure if that would even be enough to account for weak magnetism. Still reading... Evidently the metallic spherules are introduced either from the meteor itself or from the impact site, and can be contained within the tektite or as a "coating" of sorts.

So, onward. Still thinking.

Bead lover, collector since Age 15, semi-retired had wholesale/retail bead, folk art, tribal art store Lost and Found Gallery for 25 yrs. in DT Greensboro, NC

Modified by AnneLFG at Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 13:35:33

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