Man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop

Cesar Mills
October 5, 2018

Iron meteorites typically consist of approximately 90-95 percent iron, with the remainder composed of nickel and trace amounts of heavy metals including iridium, gallium and sometimes gold. "It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".

A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is actually a meteorite worth more than A$140,000.

You probably don't have many incredibly valuable artifacts laying around your house, but if you did you nearly certainly wouldn't be using them as doorstops, right?

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. The previous owner showed him around the property at the time and said the meteorite arrived on the farm during a meteor shower in the 1930s.

David Mazurek says he took his doorstop to the university for examination after seeing reports in January of meteorite pieces selling for thousands of dollars. "I wonder how much mine is worth", he said. Weighing 22 pounds, it's the sixth-largest recorded find in MI - and potentially worth $100,000, according to CMU.

It's a story that began out of this world almost a hundred years ago when a meteorite crashed down to earth near Edmore, Michigan.

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This is where geologist Mona Sirbescu of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant enters the story. He is considered the guru of iron meteorites, Sirbescu said, and is doing a neutron activation analysis to determine its chemical composition.

The process has been an invaluable lesson for Sirbescu and her students. A mineral museum in ME is also looking into it.

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.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", she said.

Scientists studied this space rock at Central Michigan University.

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