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Rock used as doorstop for decades identified as $141,000 meteorite

Rock used as doorstop for decades identified as $141,000 meteorite”

Central Michigan University geology professor Mona Sirbescu said that she knew the rock was "something special" as soon as she saw it.

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.

A meteorite in MI worth $100,000 has been holding open a door at a MI farm for the past 30 years.

When the new owner moved after a few years, he took the rock with him and continued to use it as a doorstop.

What's 88.5 percent iron, 11.5 percent nickel and worth $100,000?

The Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University say the almost 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan.

The original owner told him he had seen the space rock come down on the property way back in the 1930s and that "it made a heck of a noise when it hit".

This January, southern MI experienced a meteor flash that showered fragments of space rock all over Livingston County. In the morning, the farmer and his father found the crater and dug out the still-warm meteorite. They say it's worth around $100,000, and is the sixth largest meteorite found in MI. He reportedly used the meteorite as a doorstop and sent it to school with his children for show and tell.

It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located.

The Grand Rapids man was apparently inspired to investigate after seeing news of meteorite hunters finding shards and selling them for thousands of dollars after a meteor sighting in January in the Detroit area.

The Smithsonian Institution is considering purchasing the meteorite, Central Michigan University said. "I wonder how much mine is worth'".

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

The meteorite's owner said that regardless of the buyer, he will donate 10 percent of the sale amount to the university.



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