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I have found this metal somewhere in a semi-desert area in Ethiopia. The place has no mountains and has no human contact yet. It is magnetic and has some rust on the top which can be removed using steel brush, the one i found is 200kg(which is very heavy compared to its size) . The one i'm showing you is just a sample. enter image description here the stone has rust When this ore is cut into half you will see a shiny clean metal inside it. Also this ore is very heavy.

Please anyone who can identify it will help. Thanks.

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    $\begingroup$ somewhere in Africa really is not good enough - what location and what geological properties? Please read this and improve your question. $\endgroup$ – Jan Doggen Dec 12 '18 at 12:47
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    $\begingroup$ And the magnet lost some of its magnetism strength is not possible. What do you mean? $\endgroup$ – Jan Doggen Dec 12 '18 at 12:48
  • $\begingroup$ please take a picture of the original rock/ore,and put some type of scale on it and the picture needs to be taken in indirect sunlight(clouds covering the sun or the object in a shaded place) $\endgroup$ – trond hansen Dec 14 '18 at 10:55
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My best guess is that because it looks metallic and is magnetic (I assume you mean a magnet is attracted to it and not that it itself is a magnet) that it may be a meteorite, the cracks in the sides add to this. It equally could be a piece of iron left out. Was it found on the land surface?

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the answer. I found this material in a semi-desert area. I dug down the earth 2 meter deep and found it. The place has no mountains around and there is no human contact in that area. The rock i found is 200kg. Also can you please identify which type of metal it is? nickel, cobalot or what is it composed of? $\endgroup$ – Axmed nuur Dec 12 '18 at 15:04
  • $\begingroup$ It must have Iron content as it is rusting and is magentic but I can not tell you on visual inspection about any other properties it may have or other elements in it, if you etch it in ferric chloride after after light polishing it will look stunning. Sorry I cant help more, i'm sure a more experienced geologist would be able to help. You could look up some tests you could do on it to find the other elements. $\endgroup$ – Xiopop Dec 14 '18 at 12:33
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The size of the piece the photo looks like 2000 g of steel or maybe cast iron. The saw would have cut cast iron ( grey, nodular or malleable) pretty easily. Steel would cut slower. I don't recognize the one uncut surface. A view of the whole component could give a good clue as to what it was/is.

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