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MI man's doorstop rock turns out to be a $100000 meteorite

05 October 2018, 11:43 | Justin Tyler

All that changed when an unnamed man from Grand Rapids, Michigan asked her to examine a rock he had in his possession since he bought a farm in 1988.

He took the rock to Mona Sirbescu, a geology professor at Central Michigan University's College of Science and Engineering.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor-wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu said in a Thursday statement, according to CNN.

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

Sirbescu sent a small sample to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC for further analysis where it was estimated the meteorite could be worth around $100,000.

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

The man said that he was able to discover the meteorite's origins, noting that he'd spoken with the farmer who'd originally discovered the space rock in the 1930s.

"I walked in there and there's this rock and i said you got everything all cleaned up but what's this? and he said oh that's a meteorite", says David, who owns the meteorite.


A rock that was used as a doorstop on a MI farm for decades has been identified as a meteorite worth $100,000.

She determined that it was in fact a 22-plus pound meteorite, making it the sixth-largest recorded find in MI - and potentially worth $100,000. The previous owner showed him around the property at the time and said the meteorite arrived on the farm during a meteor shower in the 1930s. 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.

After analysis, the space rock was determined to contain 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel, which is rarely found on Earth.

For the past thirty years, he has used it as a doorstop and sent it off to school with his children for show-and-tell.

The Smithsonian museum has valued the meteorite, which they named the Edford, at $100,000.

Regardless of how much that is, Sirbescu feels that she, CMU and her students already have benefited. A mineral museum is also looking at buying the rock.

Then, "I said, wait a minute".

The meteorite's owner said he will donate 10 per cent of the sale amount to the university.



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