Meteorite used as doorstop for years may be worth $100,000
Meteorite used as doorstop for years may be worth $100,000
The rock used as a doorstop was determined to be a 22-pound meteorite
08 October, 2018, 17:24
Central Michigan University geology professor Mona Sirbescu gets asked all the time if rocks people possess are meteorites, valuable rocks from space. Weighing 22 pounds, it's the sixth-largest recorded find in MI - and potentially worth $100,000, according to CMU.
"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", she said.
The man contacted Sirbescu, who identified the rock as a meteorite composed of about 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel.
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 previous owner had informed him the rock had landed there after a meteor shower in the 1930s, according to Central Michigan University's College.
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