[meteorite-list] magnetic meteorites

From: Jason Utas <meteoritekid_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2007 18:17:05 -0800
Message-ID: <93aaac890712021817j60610836r3e095963d2a265e6_at_mail.gmail.com>

Hello Mike,
~92% of all meteorites are magnetic; all irons, all stony irons, and
nearly all stones are magnetic.
The only meteorites that are not magnetic would be the HED's (some of
these are slightly magentic), as well as Aubrites (though some of
these contain iron as well), planetary meteorites (oftentimes
*slightly* attracted to a neodymium magnet, though one should never
poke such meteorites with a magnet), and Rumuruti chondrites (in this
case, because most of the iron is contained within iron sulfide, and
is thus non-magnetic).
Depending on the stone, a few carbonaceous meteorites are lightly
magnetic, but in general, they tend to be magnetic as well.
Almost all meteorites are magnetic...I don't know where you heard
otherwise, but...yeah.

On Dec 2, 2007 4:43 PM, Michael Murray <mmurray at montrose.net> wrote:
> Hi List,
> I've read somewhere that it is possible for a meteorite to be
> magnetic. Reading that made me believe someone has discovered such a
> meteorite(s). Anyone out there on the List want to volunteer
> information and/or maybe some pictures (or a link to some pictures)
> of such an iron? Let me guess this first, mostly kamacite, right?
> If you have pictures, besides wanting to confirm my guess, I am
> interested in seeing the exterior, as in flow features and fusion
> crust. I would also be interested in knowing just how magnetic it is.
> Mike Murray
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Received on Sun 02 Dec 2007 09:17:05 PM PST

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