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

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The finding was recently detailed by Central Michigan University, where geology faculty member Mona Sirbescu was asked to take a look at the unusual 22lbs rock.

Upon receiving the meteorite, Sirbescu evaluated it and discovered it was an iron-nickel meteorite, composed of 8 to 8.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel.

The meteorite weighs over 22 pounds (10 kilograms), which makes it the sixth largest found in MI.

But that all transformed when she was asked to evaluate a peculiarly shaped sizable rock that a MI man, who didn't want to be identified, had had in his monomania for the last 30 years. This is the rags-to-riches story of a rock from outer space. "It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically". He said the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s. He and his father dug it out the next morning and it was still warm.

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He says the meteorite came with the barn he bought in Edmore back in 1988.

He then kept the meteorite with him for the next years, and even allowed his children to bring it to school for show and tell.

This year, the man was inspired by stories of MI residents finding and selling pieces of meteorites.

"A piece of the early solar system literally fell into our hands", Dr Sirbescu said in a video made by the university to promote its discovery. "I wonder how much mine is worth, '" Mazurek said.

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Now, the space rock, dubbed Edmore meteorite, is waiting to find a permanent home.

An additional sample was sent to John Wasson, professor emeritus in the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences department at the University of California, Los Angeles, who will conduct a neutron activation analysis to determine the full chemical composition of the meteorite and potentially reveal rare elements that could increase its value.

"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. 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.

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