Monday, 22 October, 2018

Man Discovers His Doorstop Actually A Meteorite Worth $140,000

Rock Used As Doorstop For Decades Turns Out To Be Meteorite Worth $100,000 Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K
Kristen Harrington | 08 October, 2018, 14:41

A 22-pound rock that has been propping open a door in Michigan for decades turns out to be a meteorite valued at $100,000, according to Central Michigan University.

After Central Michigan University Geology Professor Mona Sirbescu determined the doorstop was no ordinary rock, she reportedly sent two pieces over to the Smithsonian.

Mazurek explained that the rare mass of iron and nickel came with his barn in Edmore, which he purchased it back in 1988.

For 30 years, the 22-pound space rock was used as a doorstop.

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The man has indicated that he will donate "10 percent of the sale value to the university to be used as funding for students in earth and atmospheric sciences". The meteorite has 88 per cent iron and 12 per cent nickel rarely found on earth.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", Sibescu said.

"Meteor-wrong" is the somewhat humorous word used to describe rocks that were wrongfully believed to be meteorites but turns out to be simple rocks.

How the meteorite came into the anonymous owner's possession is a great story in itself.

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When he asked about it, he was told in a matter of fact way by the owner that it was a meteorite.

The odd-looking large rock was brought to the institute by an unidentified MI man who kept it for 30 years.

The sixth largest meteorite recorded in MI has just been brought to the attention of experts over 80 years after its discovery. It was still warm when they dug it out in the morning and it had been in the farm since.

Eventually, the man noticed that people were making money from finding and selling small pieces of meteorite, so he figured he should get his giant rock evaluated.

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The farmer had said to the owner that it landed on the property in the 1930s "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit". Typically, meteorites tend to look rather different from Earth rocks because they lack quartz and do not typically contain holes or vesticles. Additional tests on the meteorite are now being performed, but both the Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME have already shown interest in acquiring the meteorite, according to the AP.

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