[meteorite-list] is it a meteorite

From: Alan Rubin <aerubin_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 14:58:17 -0700
Message-ID: <095201cf5375$a71c4300$f554c900$_at_ucla.edu>

The more general question is how we would distinguish a terrestrial
meteorite found on Earth 9as opposed to one found in the lunar regolith).
Unless it was an observed fall, the rock would have to have a fusion crust
for us to notice it in the first place. It would have been exposed to
cosmic rays (gauged by measuring its cosmogenic nuclides) and it should have
the isotopic compositions of terrestrial rocks. Presumably, the rock would
have been extensively shocked or completely melted for it to have been
launched off the Earth to begin with. Interestingly, some studies have
concluded that rocks blasted off of Mercury spend millions of years in
independent heliocentric orbits before accreting once again with Mercury.

Alan Rubin
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So, let's say there is one.....a chunk of hematite.

What tests could be performed to 1. Prove it was in Space. 2.
Originally from Earth. ???


Jim Wooddell
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