December 17, 2018

Rock that was used as a doorstop a meteorite worth $100000

05 October 2018, 11:45 | Ross Houston

Rock that was used as a doorstop a meteorite worth $100000

Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

But that all changed when she was asked to examine an oddly shaped large rock that a MI man, who didn't want to be named, had had in his possession for the last 30 years.

Mona Sirbescu, a geology faculty member in earth and atmospheric sciences at Central Michigan University examined it under X-ray fluorescence.

"The answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", she said jokingly.

"I could tell right away that this was something special".

For double verification, a slice of it was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which validated it was in fact a meteorite, according to the press release. "It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".

Mazurek became the rock's owner in 1988, when he bought a farm in Edmore, Michigan.

The man said that the original farmer said he heard the meteorite come crashing down, "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit".

It's a story that began out of this world almost a hundred years ago when a meteorite crashed down to earth near Edmore, Michigan.

So in February, he took the meteorite to Central Michigan University to have a scientist look at it. The farmer told Mazurek that he and his father watched the chunk of rock slam into their property one night and picked it up the next day, when it was still warm to the touch.

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David says the man who sold him the barn described the fantastic tale of the meteorite making an impact crater in the backyard.

More tests are being conducted to see if the meteorite contains rare elements.

A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is actually worth more than A$140,000.

Upon receiving the meteorite, Sirbescu evaluated it and discovered it was an iron-nickel meteorite, composed of 8 to 8.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel.

The 22-plus-pound meteorite turned out to be the sixth-largest in MI and was valued at $100,000. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite.

The process has been an invaluable lesson for Sirbescu and her students.

"I said, 'Wait a minute". A museum in ME is also interested.

The owner is considering selling the meteorite to a museum or collector, and has promised to give 10 percent of the sale to the university, the university said.

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