Monday, 10 December, 2018

Man uses meteorite as doorstop, finds out it's worth $100G

Doris Mccormick | 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.

Scientists studied this space rock at Central Michigan University.

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

But tests are underway at UCLA to see if it contains rare elements that would bump up the value.

A USA farmer and his son saw a shooting star come crashing onto their property one night in the 1930s.

She found that it was an iron-nickel meteorite with about 88 per cent iron and 12 per cent nickel, a metal rarely found on Earth.

The man reportedly hasn't figured out exactly where the meteorite will end up, but a number of institutions are apparently considering purchasing it from him for display.

The process has been an invaluable lesson for Sirbescu and her students. A mineral museum is also looking at buying the rock.

The meteorite's owner said that regardless of the buyer, he will donate 10 percent of the sale amount to the university.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands".

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