February 6, 2023

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Australia: A man kept this stone for years and it turned out to be more valuable than gold!

In 2015, with a metal detector in hand, David Hall was searching in Maryborough Provincial Park near Melbourne, Australia, when he spotted a truly unusual sight: a very heavy reddish boulder, which was actually embedded in yellow clay! The first man’s thought was that for his detector to strike, there must be gold in the rock, because the park was in an area where countless similar finds had been made in the 19The century.

Somehow he decided to take the rock home and tried everything to unlock it. He started with a special rock saw, experimented with an angle wheel, a drill, a sledgehammer, and even dipped it in special chemicals to melt it! David never succeeds, until he finds out why years later. The stone was not gold, but something more precious: Rare meteorite!

After trying everything, the Australian man took the rock to the Melbourne Museum for identification. There, geologist Dermot Henry, who worked at the museum for 37 years, recalled that of the countless stones brought in over the years by residents, this was only the second time a meteorite had actually been discovered!

Of course, the researchers undertook to study the find, indicating in their related paper that they were dealing with a meteorite 4.6 billion years! The group of experts named it Maryborough, after the town near which it was found.

The meteorite weighs a total of 17 kilograms, and the researchers used a special diamond saw to cut off a small piece from it. Through this they discovered that its composition has a high percentage of iron, which makes it “H chondrite”, i.e. the most common type of meteorite.

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Carbon dating indicates that the meteorite was on Earth between 100 and 1,000 years ago, but we don’t know exactly when it hit our planet. Researchers argue that Maryborough is much rarer than gold, which makes it valuable to science. It is one of only 17 meteorites ever recorded in the Australian state of Victoria and is the second most massive chondriteafter a huge 55 kg specimen was found in 2003.

The related scientific study was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria and can be found here Click here.

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