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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