February 19, 2019

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

08 October 2018, 05:21 | Dale Webster

The rock used as a doorstop was determined to be a 22-pound meteorite

The rock used as a doorstop was determined to be a 22-pound meteorite

The meteorite is worth an estimated $100,000.

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. CMU geology professor Mona Sirbescu said that this is the first time in her time at the university that a rock she has been asked to test actually turned out to be a meteorite. 22 pounds in weight, it's Michigan's sixth-largest recorded find - and possibly worth $100,000, according to Central Michigan University. And now a man in Grand Rapids just found out the meteorite he has from that impact is worth at least $100,000.

The farmer who sold Mazurek the land in the town of Edmore in 1988 told him Mazurek could have it - that the meteorite was part of the property, according to the release.

For additional verification, a piece of the rock was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which backed up the finding. 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. A colleague there further analyzed the sample, including with an acid test to reveal the Widmanstätten pattern, a property of most iron-nickel meteorites that can not be faked.

"The story goes that it was collected immediately after they witnessed the big boom and the actual meteorite was dug out from a crater", Sirbescu said, but added that the tale has been passed down without eyewitness confirmations. "I'm done using it as a doorstop".

"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 in a statement.

The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering buying the meteorite - now called "Edmore" - for display, according to CMU. As CMU notes, the man has pledged to donate 10% of the sale price to the university as a token of gratitude for helping him identify it. "Let's get a buyer!"

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