Holy Cow! A $100K meteorite was being used as a doorstop rock

Oct 06, 2018, 16:43
Holy Cow! A $100K meteorite was being used as a doorstop rock

All that changed when an unnamed man from Grand Rapids, Michigan asked her to examine a rock he had in his possession since he bought a farm in 1988.

Central Michigan University geology professor Mona Sirbescu said that she knew the rock was "something special" as soon as she saw it.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu said in a statement from CMU on Thursday. They say it's worth around $100,000, and is the sixth largest meteorite found in MI.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", she added. Most iron meteorites are generally comprised of anywhere between 90 and 95 percent iron, with the rest made up nickel, iridium, gallium and occasionally gold.

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The meteorite hasn't sold yet, but the Smithsonian Museum is considering buying it, as well as another collector.

A rock that was used as a doorstop for decades at a MI farm has been identified as a meteorite valued at about $100,000.

The man contacted Sirbescu, who identified the rock as a meteorite composed of about 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel.

A man has discovered that a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is a meteorite worth $100,000. This is the rags-to-riches story of a rock from outer space.

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But after hearing that shards of a meteorite that crashed in Michigan had sold for a high price, Mazurek took his "doorstop" to be appraised at Central Michigan University. The farmer claimed the rock had fallen in the 1930s and that the new owner could have it since it was "part of the property".

But tests are underway at UCLA to see if it contains rare elements that would bump up the value. Whatever amount he winds up donating, Sirbescu said her students, the university and herself have already been beneficiaries of the find.

"A piece of the early solar system literally fell into our hands", Dr Sirbescu said in a video made by the university to promote its discovery.

In January, the man chose to learn once and for all about the value of the doorstep.

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