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SparkChaser
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reply to Raphion

Re: Well Water Black Metal Question

said by Raphion:

Aluminum, like any non-magnetic conductor, becomes temporarily magnetized in the presence of a changing or moving magnetic field, due to currents being induced within it. Maybe moving a magnet over the powder would temporarily magnetize them causing them to line up with one another.

You need a strong magnetic field and continuous aluminum to get an electromagnetic effect. Won't work with powder.

If the well wasn't so deep I wonder about contamination. Magnetite is used in toners (Xerox) , inks US currency, etc.

Interesting problem.
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I don't really think it is from any surface contamination, like toner etc. Since the well is pretty deep and there is a casing down about 50' it is "stuff" from the earth.

The pieces are actually quite large, relative to toner and ink. They are slightly smaller than the size of pepper mill ground pepper.
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