Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K

Adjust Comment Print

The space rock is said to have made a loud noise when it struck the ground, where it created a crater. "I asked (the previous owner) what it was and he said, 'A meteorite.' I'm going, 'Get out of here, ' so he told me the story how it came down in the early '30s".

The man had the meteorite with him since 1988 when he bought a farm in Edmore.

While touring the property, he noticed an odd-shaped brown rock being used to prop open a shed door. "This is it - I am holding this space rock that tells us so much about the origins of the universe". "I wonder how much mine is worth, '" Mazurek said. The then owner told the man it was part of the property, and he could keep it.

In fact, the almost 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan, according to the Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University.

The process has been an invaluable lesson for Sirbescu and her students.

Thousands of meteorites hit the earth each year, but most go unnoticed because they land in the ocean, or away from cities and towns.

Turns out, that wasn't just a tall tale - and the rock is a 22 lb. meteorite. CMU geology professor Mona Sirbescu said that this is the first time in her time at the university that a rock she has been asked to test actually turned out to be a meteorite. "Meteor wrongs, not meteorites". 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.


That was all Mazurek needed to hear.

You probably don't have many incredibly valuable artifacts laying around your house, but if you did you nearly certainly wouldn't be using them as doorstops, right?

Already, a bidding war is brewing over the rock, which is the sixth-biggest in Michigan's history and just the 12th identified there.

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.

There is a possibility that the analysis could reveal rare elements that could increase its value.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", she said.

Comments