Farmer's "Doorstop" Valued At $100K After Incredible Discovery

Olive Hawkins
October 5, 2018

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 man then chose to take his rock to Mona Sirbescu, a geology faculty member in earth and atmospheric sciences at Central Michigan University.

The man contacted Sirbescu, who identified the rock as a meteorite composed of about 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel.

"Within seconds, I knew it was a real one", Sirbescu said when she saw the meteorite.

The rock, which came down on farmland in Edmore, Michigan, in the 1930s, could be worth $100,000 (£77,000).

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.

The Smithsonian and another museum in Maine have already expressed interest in the rock, and Sirbescu called it "the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".

According to the report, the man had been using the meteorite as a doorstop for the last 30 years.

The rock, which at the time was used to prop open doors, was taken by the farm's new owner when he eventually sold the property, and only just got around to seeing if it was actually a true meteorite.

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Central Michigan University said the meteorite's owner has pledged to give 10 percent of a sale's proceeds to fund Earth and atmospheric sciences students at the university, which would technically make it a schoolhouse rock. Decades later, he made a decision to get the rock checked out after reading stories about a fireball of a meteorite that broke up over the Midwest in January.

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.

As the farmer was showing him around the property, they went out to a shed.

He kept it for 30 years - also using it as a doorstop and sending it to school with his children for show and tell.

A man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who told the university he wanted to remain anonymous, brought the rock to Sirbescu for examination earlier this year.

The 22lb (10kg) meteorite was the biggest the geologist had been asked to examine in her career.

The Smithsonian museum has valued the meteorite, which they named the Edford, at $100,000. A museum in ME is also interested.

Mazurek says that when he sells the meteorite, he'll donate some of the money to the university.

Then, "I said, wait a minute".

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