Meteorite worth $100000 was used as doorstop for years

Theresa Obrien
October 8, 2018

Upon purchasing it, he noticed a large rock holding the door open, according to Central Michigan University.

A rock that was used as a doorstop for decades at a farm in Michigan, US has been identified as a meteorite valued about US$100,000 (A$141,000).

The renowned science centre is now interested in buying the rock, Central Michigan University said.

Central Michigan University geology professor Mona Sirbescu said that she knew the rock was "something special" as soon as she saw it. "It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically". "I wonder how much mine is worth, '" the man said.

Owner David Mazurek said the meteorite came with a barn he bought in 1988 in Edmore.

The chunk of iron-which was confirmed as a space rock by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. -is the sixth-largest meteorite ever found in MI, according to the museum.

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For double verification, a slice of it was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which validated it was in fact a meteorite, according to the press release.

It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located. 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.

"The story goes that it was collected immediately after they witnessed the big boom and the actual meteorite was dug out from a crater", Sirbescu said, but added that the tale has been passed down without eyewitness confirmations. 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 Smithsonian Institution and a mineral museum in ME are now looking into purchasing the meteorite for display.

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. Let's get a buyer.

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