30-year-old doorstop turns out to be a rare meteorite

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

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

The sixth largest meteorite recorded in MI has just been brought to the attention of experts over 80 years after its discovery.

A man in the United States received a rock as a gift in 1988 from a farmer in 1988, at that point of time he probably didn't think much of it.

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. While touring the property, the man inquired about this particular rock. It was not until recently that he made a decision to examine his rock. The man had this special rock in his possession for 30 long years and little did he know that the rock was more than just a doorstep.

After Central Michigan University Geology Professor Mona Sirbescu determined the doorstop was no ordinary rock, she reportedly sent two pieces over to the Smithsonian.

The man continued to use it for that goal over the decades, but upon learning that people were finding and selling small pieces of meteorites, he made a decision to have it analyzed. Hearing about a rock being used to prop open a door may not be that surprising at all.

Experts said the almost 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in MI.

A farmer who'd used a 23-pound rock as a doorstop since 1988 has learned that it's actually a meteorite worth $100,000 (£76,000). UPI reports that the previous owner of the property told him that the meteorite had arrived on the farm during a meteor shower in the 1930s.

As per the owner, the rock landed on Earth during the 1930s. It was still warm when they dug it out in the morning and it had been in the farm since.

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

Mr Mazurek said that when he sells the meteorite, he will donate some of the money to the university.

There's now a bit of a scuffle over who will buy the meteorite - both the Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering purchasing the incredible find. If a sale goes through, the man has agreed to give 10% of the sale value to the university for the study of earth and atmospheric sciences.

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