Man uses meteorite as doorstop, finds out it's worth $100G
Man uses meteorite as doorstop, finds out it's worth $100G
05 October, 2018, 23:45
According to CNN, a man says he inherited the rock when he bough a MI farm in 1988.
University Geology Professor Mona Sirbescu first identified the piece as more than just a rock, but she sent two small slices of the rock to the Smithsonian for confirmation.
"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu said in a statement from CMU on Thursday.
"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", Sirbescu said in a press statement from the university.
The farmer who sold Mazurek the land in the town of Edmore in 1988 told him Mazurek could have it - that the meteorite was part of the property, according to the release. "I wonder how much mine is worth, '" the man said.
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.
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The meteorite weighs over 22 pounds (10 kilograms), which makes it the sixth largest found in MI. He says the farmer who sold him the property told a tale about his father seeing it fall from the sky and then digging it out of a hole in the 1930s.
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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". The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering purchasing the meteorite for display, according to CMU.
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