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Farmer's "Doorstop" Valued At $100K After Incredible Discovery

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He reached out to Mona Sirbescu, a geology professor at Central Michigan University, to examine the oddly shaped rock.

Even though Dr. Sirbescu knew exactly what it was, it had to be sent to the Smithsonian Museum for verification, it wasn't until Thursday word came back it definitively is a meteorite, the 6th largest ever found in MI.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", she added.

Ms Siberscu still wanted a second opinion and sent off a slice of the rock to the Smithsonian Institution.

The meteorite is worth an estimated $100,000. The previous owner had informed him the rock had landed there after a meteor shower in the 1930s, according to Central Michigan University's College.

Then, "I said, wait a minute".

"When I showed her, she grabbed the bag, said it was heavy and took it out and said, 'It's a meteorite, '" Mazurek said.

The man said that he was able to discover the meteorite's origins, noting that he'd spoken with the farmer who'd originally discovered the space rock in the 1930s. 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.

The farmer said that it had come down onto the property in the '30s - "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit", the new owner recalled him saying, according to CMU's statement.

"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. 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. "I'm done using it for a doorstop", he said, "let's get a buyer".

The owner has promised to donate 10 percent of the sale value to the university. A mineral museum is also looking at buying the rock.



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