Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth USD100K

A Michigan man recently learned that a rock he's been using as a doorstop is a meteorite worth $100,000

You might want to check your doorstep now to see if it is just an ordinary rock or it is actually your treasury lying down there, while you suffer to get daily meal.

. That's what happened to a MI man.

An anonymous man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, had asked Sirbescu if she could examine a rock he'd had for 30 years, in case it was a meteorite.

"Meteor-wrong" is the somewhat humorous word used to describe rocks that were wrongfully believed to be meteorites but turns out to be simple rocks. It was not until recently that he chose to examine his rock. 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.

Ms Sirbescu determined the specimen to be potentially worth $ 100,000 - that's approximately Rs 74 lakhs!

Geology faculty member Mona Sirbescu who examined it under X-ray fluorescence said it was the most valuable specimen she ever held.

Mr Mazurek said the meteorite came with a barn he bought in 1988 in Edmore. She sent two small slices to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., to validate her findings. The next morning the farmer and his father discovered the crater and dug out the meteorite, which was still quite warm.

The meteorite fell to Earth sometime in the 1930s. He said the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s. He noticed the rock in the property and the farmer informed him that it was a meteorite, which was a part of the property; so he could have it.

Now, the space rock has been named Edmore meteorite and is waiting for a new and permanent home.

"What typically happens with these at this point is that meteorites can either be sold and shown in a museum or sold to collectors and sellers looking to make a profit", Sirbescu said. The Smithsonian Institution, as well as a mineral museum in ME, is considering to buy this one for displaying it, informed CMU.

The owner has promised to donate 10 percent of the sale value to the university.



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