David Hole was mining in 2015 in Maryborough Regional Park near Melbourne, Australia. Using a metal detector, he found something unusual: a large, reddish rock resting on a yellow mud.
Since Maryborough was located in the Goldfields area in Australia in the 19th century, where the gold rush was at its peak, he took the rock home and tried everything to open it. He was sure there was a gold nugget in the rock.
Hole tried using a rock saw, angle grinder, drill, and even soaking the object with acid to open it up. But even the sledgehammer failed to create a crack. Because Hole wasn't trying to open anything but a piece of scrap.
It was a rare meteorite, as he learned a few years later.
Dermot Henry, a geologist at the Melbourne Museum, told The Sydney Morning Herald in 2019 that the rock "has a carved, pitted aspect."
"This is formed when they pass through the atmosphere, the environment shaping them as they melt outside."
After being unable to open the 'rock' but remaining fascinated, Hole took the nugget to the Melbourne Museum for identification.
Henry told Channel 10 News: “I've looked at a lot of pebbles that people think are meteors.
In reality, however, Henry claimed that during the 37 years of analyzing thousands of stones at the museum, only two gifts proved to be real meteorites.
According to geologist Bill Birch of the Melbourne Museum, if such a boulder had been found and removed from Earth, it shouldn't have been this heavy.
The 4,6 billion-year-old meteorite, which they named Maryborough after the town near where it was found, was described in a scientific study written by researchers. This is a gigantic H17 ordinary chondrite weighing 37,5 kilograms (5 pounds), and the researchers discovered it after cutting a small piece of it using a diamond saw.
When opened, you can also see the ubiquitous condyles or tiny drops of crystallized metallic mineral.
“The cheapest method of space exploration is meteorites. They take us back in time as they uncover details about the history, composition and age of our solar system, including Earth,” says Henry.
“Some offer a glimpse into the inner depths of our planet. Stardust even older than our Solar System has been found in some meteorites, showing how stars began and evolved to produce elements in the periodic table.
Other rare meteorites contain organic compounds such as amino acids essential for life.
The origin of the meteorite and its probability of staying on Earth are unknown to researchers, but they have some guesses.
Chondrite rocks and a cloud of dust once made up our Solar System. Much of this material formed planets as a result of gravity, while the rest usually ended up in a vast asteroid belt.
“This meteorite is most likely coming out of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and was one day pushed out by some asteroids colliding with each other before hitting Earth,” Henry told Channel 10 News.
Between 1889 and 1951, there were several meteor observations that may be related to the arrival of the meteorite to Earth. Carbon dating shows that the meteorite has been on Earth for 100 to 1.000 years.
Experts say the Maryborough meteorite is far more valuable to science than gold because it is rarer. Only 17 meteorites have been reported from the Australian state of Victoria, making it the second largest chondritic mass after a massive 2003 kilogram specimen discovered in 55.
According to Henry, who spoke to Channel 10 News, thousands of gold nuggets have been discovered, but this is the 17th meteorite discovered in Victoria.
When you consider the order of events, the fact that anything has been discovered is almost astronomical.
This isn't even the first meteorite to reach the museum after a delay of several years. In a compelling story published by ScienceAlert in 2018, a space stone had to remain as a doorbell for 80 years, two owners, until what it really was was revealed.
You should probably examine your land immediately for extraordinarily large, hard-to-break rocks; You may be sitting on a real gold mine.
Günceleme: 25/11/2022 15:55