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Rock used as a doorstop for decades is actually a $100,000 meteorite

Rock used as a doorstop for decades is actually a $100,000 meteorite Rock used as a doorstop for decades is actually a $100,000 meteorite
Theresa Hayes | 10 October, 2018, 20:39

The estimated $US100,000 ($141,700) price tag puts the MI man's 10kg rock at $US10 ($14) per gram. And that's exactly what happened to a lucky guy in MI.

A 22-pound rock that has been propping open a door in Michigan for decades turns out to be a meteorite valued at $100,000, according to Central Michigan University.

Eventually, the man noticed that people were making money from finding and selling small pieces of meteorite, so he figured he should get his giant rock evaluated. However, she has never examined a rock that has turned out to be an official space rock, until now.

After the arrival of the unnamed owner, he pulled the rock out of his bag and she saw the biggest potential meteorite, which was about to examine.

To test her suspicions, Sirbescu immediately began examining the properties of the iron, such as its magnetism, weight and composition.

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

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", said one excited Sibescu.

But this chunk was from a much older asteroid: When the Grand Rapids man bought his farm in the Edmore area in 1988, the previous owner told him that the doorstop was a meteorite from the 1930s. BBC reports that the renowned Smithsonian Institution is interested in acquiring it. The farmer agreed to give them 10 percent of the value of the meteorite to study the earth Sciences and the atmosphere. As the new owner of the property, the man was told that the rock was a part of the property and that he could have it. It was still warm when they dug it out in the morning and it had been in the farm since.

As for naming the asteroid: both Sirbescu and the Smithsonian agree that "Edmore" fits the bill.

"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. Now the Smithsonian Institute and the Museum of minerals in ME are considering the purchase of Edmore.