$100000 meteorite served as a doorstop

Olive Hawkins
October 8, 2018

A MI man recently learned that this 10kg rock he used for decades as a doorstop on his farm was in fact a meteorite worth over $US100,000 ($141,700).

"I could tell right away that this was something special", Sibescu said.

In 1988, an unnamed man bought a farm in Edmore, Michigan and was being toured around the property when he spotted a large, strange-looking rock holding the door of a shed open.

But that all changed when she was asked to examine an oddly shaped large rock that a MI man, who didn't want to be named, had had in his possession for the last 30 years. David Mazurek, a lucky man from MI, did just that and it really paid off.

When Dr Sirbescu examined it under an X-ray fluorescence instrument, she found that the rock was an iron-nickel meteorite with about 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel, a metal rarely found on Earth. But it turned out to be a meteorite valued at $100,000.

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"A meteorite", the farmer said matter-of-factly.

According to Central Michigan University, he acquired the twenty-two-pound space object when he purchased a farmhouse, where it was being used to hold open a door. But this was the first time a random rock was actually a meteorite.

And so this new owner kept it for 30 years, moving with it when he left the farm - he used it as a doorstop, mostly; except for the occasions when his kids took the rock to school for show and tell. Typically, meteorites tend to look rather different from Earth rocks because they lack quartz and do not typically contain holes or vesticles. It was still warm when they dug it out in the morning and it had been in the farm since. He said the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s.

The farmer told the man that as it was part of the property, he could have it.

So far, some museums and institutions are interested in purchasing the meteorite, but whatever amount the man gets for what is now called the "Edmore meteorite", he promises to donate 10 percent of it to CMU for the students in the earth and atmospheric sciences department.

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