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30-Year-Old Doorstep Turns out to be a Rare Meteorite

Rock Used As Doorstop For Decades Turns Out To Be Meteorite Worth $100,000 Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K
Sandy Nunez | 09 October, 2018, 14:24

The sixth largest meteorite recorded in MI has just been brought to the attention of experts over 80 years after its discovery.

Mazurek explained that the rare mass of iron and nickel came with his barn in Edmore, which he purchased it back in 1988.

An anonymous man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, had asked Sirbescu if she could examine a rock he'd had for 30 years, in case it was a meteorite.

The farmer told the man that as it was part of the property, he could have it. However, she has never examined a rock that has turned out to be an official space rock, until now.

The man lived at the farm for years, but took the rock with him when he moved away. Probably not - Sirbescu said nearly all of the rocks that people bring to her for inspection are not from space. David Mazurek, a lucky man from MI, did just that and it really paid off. When he asked about it, the farmer simply said that it was a meteorite that he and his father saw come down on their property in 1930s and that it "made a heck of a noise when it hit". In the morning they found the crater and dug it out.

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According to Professor Sirbescu, it has been 18 years of "no" and finally when she saw the MI man brought the rock to the university, she knew this was it!

She cut off a slice of the meteorite and sent it to the Smithsonian who confirmed that the 22.5-pound rock is indeed a meteorite that is made up of 88.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel.

As per the owner, the rock landed on Earth during the 1930s. Sirbescu said. The Smithsonian has named the rock Edmore meteorite and is considering buying the meteorite so it will be displayed later.

"What typically happens with these at this point is that meteorites can either be sold and shown in a museum or sold to collectors and sellers looking to make a profit", Sirbescu said.

There's now a bit of a scuffle over who will buy the meteorite - both the Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering purchasing the incredible find. If the sale, indeed, goes through the owner has agreed to donate 10% of its price to the CMU for the study of earth and atmospheric sciences.