Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

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

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

A rock that was used as a doorstop on a MI farm for decades has been identified as a meteorite worth $100,000.

Central Michigan University said the meteorite's owner has pledged to give 10 percent of a sale's proceeds to fund Earth and atmospheric sciences students at the university, which would technically make it a schoolhouse rock.

The man named David, who didn't want his last name used says the rock has been used as a doorstop in a barn for decades.

"The answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", she said jokingly.

And geologist Mona Sirbescu said she "could tell right away that this was something special". When looking at the rock on the barn's property, the previous owner matter-of-factly told him it was "a meteorite" and "it made a heck of a noise when it hit".

The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering buying the meteorite - now called "Edmore" - for display, according to CMU.

David says the man who sold him the barn described the fantastic tale of the meteorite making an impact crater in the backyard. Sirbescu noted to the Detroit Free Press that the account of the rock's origins had been passed down without eyewitness confirmations.

The farmer told the man that it was part of the property so he could have it.

A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is actually worth more than A$140,000. This isn't just any space rock, though. The man then got curious if the large rock had worth as he read accounts of people buying and selling small pieces of meteorites.

A U.S. professor has established a rock used as a doorstop is actually a meteorite worth thousands of dollars. Weighing 22 pounds, it's the sixth-largest recorded find in MI - and potentially worth $100,000, according to CMU.

All that changed when an unnamed man from Grand Rapids, Michigan asked her to examine a rock he had in his possession since he bought a farm in 1988.

A rock that was used as a doorstop on a MI farm for decades has been identified as a meteorite worth $100,000.

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