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    Question Does it "just" happen?

    I live in east central Indiana. My family has basically owned or farmed our property since before Indiana was officially a state. I actually have pictures of the field i found this "Slag" from sometime in the 1800's was told that before it was turned in to a crop field that it "was just grass land all the way to them thar trees"
    The reason im calling this a piece of "Slag" is because, well it looks like a giant piece of slag, its heavy as hell and something with this type of mass falling from the sky at 15k km per second would have surely caused a bit of a divot in the COUNTY. So my question is simply this.
    With no type of factory or mining ever done in that area, almost 0.8 miles from the nearest road.

    How the hell did it get there??

    I can take measurements and weights of it if need be to make certain its not a meteorite for you guys, as i have never had it tested or anything
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    Zyk,

    Sounds like I'm not to far from you in Bartholomew / Decatur county. I find the craziest stuff in fields all the time so its hard to say. Yes our state is not that old but remember those fields used to be worked by hand and tree's were likely cleared as well. So you have all kinds of colonial junk floating around in the fields. Axe heads, molten lead slag, parts of old equipment - farm, pumps, buggies, etc..

    I've even dug a full crosscut saws lost or broken and left in fields. Without a pic its hard to say what you have?

    Also if your close enough I'd like permission to hunt! When the crops are done of course.. HH
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    It's also worth bearing in mind that, because slag/clinker was a waste product, it had to be disposed of. For operations that were close to water, it was often dumped in the sea, in lakes, in rivers or creeks. Otherwise in was dumped 'out of town' in remote areas. Also, it was commonly offered to anyone who would take it away for use as foundation hardcore, creating embankments, as railway ballast or whatever.
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    Could you post some pictures of it? No matter what it is, I'd still like to see it. I lived near Blue Lick Indiana as a kid. Lot's of cool fossils & relics to be found there.
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    when i get home i will definitely take some pictures
    I purged my phone the other day of a bunch of photos and apparently these were part of my purge
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    Quote Originally Posted by eman1000 View Post
    Zyk,

    Also if your close enough I'd like permission to hunt! When the crops are done of course.. HH
    FYI: 90% of the property is tillable and only about 45 acres are woods that we just logged. Unfortunately we only allow family to hunt it and its still crazy out there. During deer season it seems like there is atleast 1 or 2 trucks parked out there at all times. Im also sad to say this is my only place to hunt anymore, used to have 1200 acres in Washington Co. That the farmer decided to lease
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    Pictures as requested!! I also took a picture of the little piece of magnet i used to see if this piece of "slag" was magnetic, the magnet only just barely tried to stick to it and i mean the magnet wouldnt even hold its own weight and would slide right off.

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    So does anyone have anymore input on this thing or anymore questions i can answer to help
    1. Identify it
    2. Figure out how it got there.
    I definitely have more time then i do money!!

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    Looks like a chunk of meteorite. Is there anywhere you can get it tested?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thoadin View Post
    Looks like a chunk of meteorite. Is there anywhere you can get it tested?
    I honestly don't have a clue where to begin, im sure i can find a place online that i could send it to....but i would be extremely hesitant on doing that!!
    I definitely have more time then i do money!!

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    Sorry, but your rock has no visible characteristics of meteorites. I would guess clinker.

    Time for more coffee.

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    Anyone who thinks it "looks like a chunk of meteorite" can't have very much experience of meteorites. It looks nothing like a chunk of meteorite.

    You describe it as "giant" but you're only showing small pieces... so presumably you have managed to break these off from the main piece. Just how big is it? The fact that the exterior has broadly the same relatively even dark colouration with a brownish tinge like the broken interior is not a good sign for a meteorite. Neither is the presence of vesicles... and I see a couple of those. Neither is the very weak magnetism (although that in itself is not a knock-out criterion).

    Also, what the heck is this?

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    Whatever it is, it's definitely not something you're going to see in a meteorite.
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    I guess i call it a giant rock cause i very seldom find rocks this big interesting unless they stand out. I have never broke a piece off of it but i did use an SOS pad on it when i was a kid trying to clean it and make it "shiny". Well it didn't take me long to figure out i didnt want to do that anymore, but it has stayed that gunmetal gray for 35'ish years and most of it outside in the landscaping. As for that little circle mark you pointed out, i have no idea what it is. Its just always been there.
    I definitely have more time then i do money!!

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    Id think its cool too - does look like a big piece of slag... that round spot looks like it could have been someone poking it a long time ago wondering what it might be. Name:  ImageUploadedByTreasureNet.com1593087506.054010.jpg
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