Doorstop Turns Out To Be Meteorite Worth $100000

Olive Hawkins
October 8, 2018

A man from Grand Rapids, in Michigan, US, just discovered that a 22-pound rock he used as a doorstop is a $100,000-worth meteorite that fell on Earth about 90 years ago.

This year, however, the man chose to find out everything about the mysterious rock, so he took it to Mona Siberscu at Central Michigan University's College of Science and Engineering.

The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he was aware of the rock's provenance from the time he bought the house in Edmore in 1988.

"I was exhilarated", said Sirbescu.

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

Mazurek asked what the rock was, and the farmer offered a surprising answer: it was a meteorite. Weighing 22 pounds, it's the sixth-largest recorded find in MI - and potentially worth $100,000, according to CMU.

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

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. 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.

When the new owner moved after a few years, he took the rock with him and continued to use it as a doorstop.

It's a story that began out of this world almost a hundred years ago when a meteorite crashed down to earth near Edmore, Michigan. Find interested in the Smithsonian Institute and the mineralogical Museum of man.

What's 88.5 percent iron, 11.5 percent nickel and worth $100,000? "I wonder how much mine is worth'".

Central Michigan University The meteorite was reportedly found on a farm in Edmore, Michigan, in the 1930s. If a sale goes through, the man has agreed to give 10% of the sale value to the university for the study of earth and atmospheric sciences.

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