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

Rock Used As Doorstop For Decades Turns Out To Be Meteorite Worth $100,000

The man learned about MI people finding and selling the meteorites and began to wonder how much his own rock was worth. The guy then got the rock along with him wherever he went.

But that all changed when she was asked to examine an oddly shaped large rock that a MI man, who didn't want to be named, had had in his possession for the last 30 years.

"A meteorite", the farmer said matter-of-factly.

The rock's true identity was confirmed by a geology professor at Central Michigan University. Hearing about a rock being used to prop open a door may not be that surprising at all. He went on to say that in the 1930s he and his father saw it come down at night on their property "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit". In the morning they found the crater and dug it out. David Mazurek, a lucky man from MI, did just that and it really paid off.

When Dr Sirbescu examined it under an X-ray fluorescence instrument, she found that the rock was an iron-nickel meteorite with about 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel, a metal rarely found on Earth.

You might remember that a widely documented fireball lit the winter sky over the state back in January. But the best test for a suspected meteorite is still a laboratory test to confirm its components, particularly its nickel component because while nickel is rather rare on Earth, it is nearly always present in meteorites. It is said to be potentially valued at $100,000, but that might still increase should further analysis reveal the meteorite to have rare elements within. The estimated $US100,000 ($141,700) price tag puts the MI man's 10kg rock at $US10 ($14) per gram. Typically, meteorites tend to look rather different from Earth rocks because they lack quartz and do not typically contain holes or vesticles. Additional tests on the meteorite are now being performed, but both the Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME have already shown interest in acquiring the meteorite, according to the AP. However, she has never examined a rock that has turned out to be an official space rock, until now. However, this time, when the man pulled the meteorite out of the bag, Sirbescu states that she knew within seconds that this was a real one. What is "value?" What are we?

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