Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K

08 October, 2018, 06:40 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • The Edmore meteorite found in northeast Montcalm County in the 1930s and made public this year is Michigan's sixth largest weighing in at 22.5 pounds

This year, however, the man made a decision 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.

"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", she said.

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", she added. And that could mean something substantial as the space rock might be worthing more than $100,000. The iron and nickel meteorite is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan, according to the Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University.

The man named David, who didn't want his last name used says the rock has been used as a doorstop in a barn for decades. "This is it - I am holding this space rock that tells us so much about the origins of the universe".


The rock has sat patiently by the unnamed man's door for three decades, taking the occasional field trip to school with his children for show and tell.

Then, "I said, wait a minute". The rock was reportedly found in the 1930s on a MI farm, where it was put to use as a doorstop.

The meteorite's anonymous owner is promising to donate 10% of sale proceeds to the university.

An additional sample was sent to John Wasson, professor emeritus in the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences department at the University of California, Los Angeles, who will conduct a neutron activation analysis to determine the full chemical composition of the meteorite and potentially reveal rare elements that could increase its value.

While Mazurek said his family doesn't "need" any more money, "it would be nice".

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