Rock that was used as a doorstop a meteorite worth $100000

Pat Wise
October 6, 2018

Central Michigan University geology professor Mona Sirbescu said that she knew the rock was "something special" as soon as she saw it.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu said in a statement from CMU on Thursday.

"I was exhilarated", said Sirbescu.

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., corroborated Sirbescu's analysis that the 22-pound "rock" is, indeed, a meteorite, and is apparently the sixth-largest of its type to be discovered in MI.

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

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

He asked the then-homeowner about it who told him it was a meteorite which the farmer had discovered on the property in the 1930s.

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Ms Siberscu still wanted a second opinion and sent off a slice of the rock to the Smithsonian Institution. According to the report, the man had been using the meteorite as a doorstop for the last 30 years. The farmer told Mazurek that he and his father watched the chunk of rock slam into their property one night and picked it up the next day, when it was still warm to the touch.

What makes the meteorite found in MI unique is that it is 88% iron and 12% nickel. And now a man in Grand Rapids just found out the meteorite he has from that impact is worth at least $100,000.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", she said.

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

The Smithsonian Institution and a museum in ME are interested in purchasing the meteorite to put on display.

Mazurek has been retired since 2014, and he said the meteorite could turn into a cushion for his golden years.

The owner promised to give 10 percent of the sale value to CMU. This is apparently something that happens quite frequently to Sirbescu, who is part of the university's department of earth and atmospheric sciences.

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