Man's doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100Gs

06 October, 2018, 12:42 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • A rock that was used as a doorstop on a Michigan farm for decades has been identified as a meteorite worth $100,000

The finding was recently detailed by Central Michigan University, where geology faculty member Mona Sirbescu was asked to take a look at the unusual 22lbs rock.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no"-meteor wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu said in a statement from CMU on Thursday, CNN reports".

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

Sirbescu said this is the sixth-largest meteorite on record to be found in MI.

The man said that he was able to discover the meteorite's origins, noting that he'd spoken with the farmer who'd originally discovered the space rock in the 1930s.

The unidentified man told the professor the meteorite was passed on to him in 1988, when he bought a farm in Edmore, Michigan. This isn't just any space rock, though.

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What's 88.5 percent iron, 11.5 percent nickel and worth $100,000? In the morning, the farmer and his father found the crater and dug out the still-warm meteorite.

He then kept the meteorite with him for the next years, and even allowed his children to bring it to school for show and tell.

Thousands of meteorites hit the earth each year, but most go unnoticed because they land in the ocean, or away from cities and towns.

A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is a meteorite worth more than $100,000.

The 22lb (10kg) meteorite was the biggest the geologist had been asked to examine in her career. A colleague there further analyzed the sample, including with an acid test to reveal the Widmanstätten pattern, a property of most iron-nickel meteorites that can not be faked.

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. Whatever amount he winds up donating, Sirbescu said her students, the university and herself have already been beneficiaries of the find. This is apparently something that happens quite frequently to Sirbescu, who is part of the university's department of earth and atmospheric sciences.

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