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Nov 22 - Man Keeps A Rock for Years Hoping It’s Gold, Turns Out to Be Far More Valuable



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Nov 22 - Man Keeps A Rock for Years Hoping It’s Gold, Turns Out to Be Far More Valuable
 

 
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In 2015, David Hole was prospecting in Maryborough Regional Park near Melbourne, Australia.

Armed with a metal detector, he discovered something out of the ordinary – a very heavy, reddish rock resting in some yellow clay.

He took it home and tried everything to open it, sure that there was a gold nugget inside the rock – after all, Maryborough is in the Goldfields region, where the Australian gold rush peaked in the 19th century.

To break open his find, Hole tried a rock saw, an angle grinder, a drill, even dousing the thing in acid. However, not even a sledgehammer could make a crack. That's because what he was trying so hard to open was no gold nugget. As he found out years later, it was a rare meteorite.

"It had this sculpted, dimpled look to it," Melbourne museum geologist Dermot Henry told The Sydney Morning Herald.

"That's formed when they come through the atmosphere, they are melting on the outside, and the atmosphere sculpts them."

Unable to open the 'rock', but still intrigued, Hole took the nugget to the Melbourne Museum for identification.

"I've looked at a lot of rocks that people think are meteorites," Henry told Channel 10 News.

In fact, after 37 years of working at the museum and examining thousands of rocks, Henry explains only two of the offerings have ever turned out to be real meteorites.

This was one of the two.

"If you saw a rock on Earth like this, and you picked it up, it shouldn't be that heavy," another Melbourne Museum geologist, Bill Birch, told The Sydney Morning Herald in 2019.

The researchers published a scientific paper describing the 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite, which they've called Maryborough after the town near where it was found.

It's a huge 17 kilograms (37.5 pounds), and after using a diamond saw to cut off a small slice, they discovered its composition has a high percentage of iron, making it a H5 ordinary chondrite.

Once open, you can also see the tiny crystallized droplets of metallic minerals throughout it, called chondrules.

"Meteorites provide the cheapest form of space exploration. They transport us back in time, providing clues to the age, formation and chemistry of our Solar System (including Earth)," said Henry.

"Some provide a glimpse at the deep interior of our planet. In some meteorites, there is 'stardust' even older than our Solar System, which shows us how stars form and evolve to create elements of the periodic table.

"Other rare meteorites contain organic molecules such as amino acids; the building blocks of life."

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Although the researchers don't yet know where the meteorite came from and how long it may have been on Earth, they do have some guesses.

Our Solar System was once a spinning pile of dust and chondrite rocks. Eventually gravity pulled a lot of this material together into planets, but the leftovers mostly ended up in a huge asteroid belt.

"This particular meteorite most probably comes out of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and it's been nudged out of there by some asteroids smashing into each other, then one day it smashes into Earth," Henry told Channel 10 News.

Carbon dating suggests the meteorite has been on Earth between 100 and 1,000 years, and there's been a number of meteor sightings between 1889 and 1951 that could correspond to its arrival on our planet.

The researchers argue that the Maryborough meteorite is much rarer than gold. It's one of only 17 meteorites ever recorded in the Australian state of Victoria, and it's the second largest chondritic mass, after a huge 55-kilogram specimen identified in 2003.

"This is only the 17th meteorite found in Victoria, whereas there's been thousands of gold nuggets found," Henry told Channel 10 News.

"Looking at the chain of events, it's quite, you might say, astronomical it being discovered at all."

It's not even the first meteorite to take a few years to make it to a museum. In a particularly amazing story ScienceAlert covered in 2018, one space rock took 80 years, two owners, and a stint as a doorstop before finally being revealed for what it truly was.

Now is probably as good a time as any to check your backyard for particularly heavy and hard-to-break rocks – you might be sitting on a metaphorical gold mine.

visit this link https://www.sciencealert. .. -meteorite/amp
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 7 days ago '04        #2
ItAlY2BkLyN 
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 7 days ago '20        #3
Xiox  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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A Superman rock
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 7 days ago '17        #4
lucifershammer  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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How much this space rock worth?
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 6 days ago '06        #5
Skateboard T  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 lucifershammer said
How much this space rock worth?
Not 17 kg of gold lol

That’s just over $1m (high of $60k per gram today) and I know damn well those space researchers ain’t paying that lol


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 6 days ago '21        #6
LuxG2  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 lucifershammer said
How much this space rock worth?


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 6 days ago '12        #7
ezduzit 
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Wild how despite a diamond saw no other tool could even crack it
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 6 days ago '20        #8
Catalinawm 
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 LuxG2 said

my thoughts stand corrected
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 6 days ago '18        #9
Mr Tibbs 
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 ezduzit said
Wild how despite a diamond saw no other tool could even crack it




some say it’s out of this world.
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 6 days ago '18        #10
BlaqThum 
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 Catalinawm said
my thoughts stand corrected
Something out of the ordinary on boxden…

Somebody man enough to admit they was misinformed… I salute you bro
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 6 days ago '19        #11
305Trav  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Dirtyass rock
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 6 days ago '11        #12
GrindPOWER$  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x17
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hey another mans trash is another mans meteorite
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 6 days ago '15        #13
CALL AGAIN 
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Me thinks this is part of the Elden Ring promo rollout. Got me hyped



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 6 days ago '17        #14
WAVYASSWARREN 
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fu*ked around and found vibranium



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 6 days ago '20        #15
Blafy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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Ohhh weee

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 6 days ago '15        #16
isthistobe  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x34
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Joe dirt space rock
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 6 days ago '10        #17
sho 2010  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Who set the prices for what that’s worth
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 6 days ago '04        #18
LordBlanco|M  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 CALL AGAIN said
Me thinks this is part of the Elden Ring promo rollout. Got me hyped



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 6 days ago '18        #19
Loknows 
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Being that dense I can now imagine an impact of a big one taking us out
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 6 days ago '15        #20
Tobinmont  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 LuxG2 said

fu*k. I’m looking at rocks different.
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 6 days ago '15        #21
sumnsumnsumn 
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 LuxG2 said

$850,000 - $17,000,000

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 6 days ago '15        #22
itsddashrock 
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 ItAlY2BkLyN said

/thread

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 6 days ago '16        #23
BathWaterMelody  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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fucc'd around n copped some eternal sh*t.

Allahu Akhar
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 6 days ago '04        #24
rikedizzle 
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 LuxG2 said

Mediroite
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 6 days ago '16        #25
Teknicks 
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I would say it's worth even more because of where it was found



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