I’ve been saving this rock for a later post. But complications have made it impossible for me to examine the rock up close any time soon. All I have are these older photos below. So I can just write about it now I guess, it wont matter if I wait any longer.
It’s (supposedly) not magnetic (that rules out iron slag right?). It (supposedly) weighs about 1-2 kilos. Its about 15x10x10 cm in size. (reduced size on the photos)
I sent the photos to an geology expert a couple of years ago, before studying geology myself in the hopes of helping my (now sadly enough dead) friend in helping to identify it.
The expert just replied shortly and claimed that it “most definitely was a conglomerate”.
Im no expert, just a first year student. An amateur. But this doesn’t look like any conglomerate that I know of. Where are the pieces of rocks and granules? Shouldn’t there be at least one lousy piece of granule visible if the craters are the sockets of rocks? Are they really all loosened and gone? Doesnt sound very plaucible to me. And when I replied to the experts answer with a follow up queastion and asked how this could be a conglomerate without any visible captured parts, his stuck up pride probably got offended and he just got bored with me and didnt answer at all. I almost lost all faith in geologists that time. What an idiot. Esteemed professor emeritus of Lund university and all. Well, he didnt make that far in the academical world on being friendly to the taxpayers who payed him and his research (Publically funded universities in Sweden you know). Well enough about him.
In my, very unprofessional opinion, this looks much more like a meteorite. But according to the expert, that wasnt even an option. I really never understood why.
I know that meteorites of course are less likely to be found in comparison to just about any type of rock. I’m not stupid on that part. But I can’t get over the fact that it looks like one much more than it looks like a conglomerate.
The rock also comes with a story (from my dead friend) that his father actually saw “a falling star” and went looking in the direction of where it seemed to have fell. Some miles away he found burned grass and this piece of rock between some cliffs at the west coast of Sweden. Around 1920 I think he said this all took place.
What does my readers say? Conglomerate? Meteorite? Iron slag? Flint? Or something else? What can you make of it just by looking at these photos (that’s all I have, its impossible for me to examine the rock itself or take better photos any time soon). Im all ears.