Daughter found a really unique rock and says its a meteorite (she's 5). We are not sure. She found it on the playground at school on the ground.

  • It does have some magnetism to it (minor amount - only enough to make it slightly wobble)
  • Has blue mixed in with it. If thought it might be paint but after cleaning it is blended in with other rock.
  • It has pockets of rust on it.
  • 1" (2.5 cm) wide by 2" (5 cm) long by 1.25" (3.2 cm) high.
  • In between a 5.5 and 6.5 hardiness, although different areas seem to have different hardiness.
  • Coordinates 43.982272,-70.288418 (0011-0008-A1, New Gloucester, ME 04260, USA)

Can someone help me identify it? enter image description hereenter image description hereenter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ Science aside: If she wants it to be a meteorite, let it be one ;-) $\endgroup$ – Erik Jul 17 at 7:38
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. We planned on it already. Just wanting to make sure it wasnt actually one as it would be a large piece of one and possibly quite valueable. And shes not good at remembering where she puts stuff, so we wouldnt want a valuable rock lost. $\endgroup$ – Tim Kieger Jul 17 at 12:08

What you daughter has found is most likely a piece of manmade slag. Slag is a byproduct from smelting and contains holes (known as vessicles) and commonly is composed of multiple products like yours appears to be. This would account for the mixed bag of colors and the disseminated sparse magnetism.

There is a chance it could be a naturally formed volcanic rock, however those typically are of the same color throughout the rock.


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