No Virginia, these aren't meteorites, Page 3


MAN-MADE IRON (below):  People have made numerous objects from iron
and steel.  Fragments of these objects frequently turn up as purported
meteorites.  Below are four examples of man-made iron.  The picture at the
upper right shows metal that has a shape similar to the aerodynamic shape
seen in some meteorites.  No meteorites have the perfectly spherical shape
shown by the iron ball on the lower left.  All of these samples are magnetic,
but they do not contain theappropriate nickel contents or textures shown by
iron meteorites.



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