He hid a rock for years because he thought it contained gold, but it was much more valuable than that
David Hall, an Australian man, found a very strange and unique rock in 2015, while he was prospecting for precious stones and minerals in a park using a metal detector.
The man found “something not at all familiar”, a very heavy, red-colored rock that was embedded in a yellow muddy area, and Hull carried his strange and heavy treasure to his home.
This large boulder is unbreakable and he tried to open the boulder with all his equipment.
He used a drill, an electric saw, and even doused them in acid, and he used a very large hammer and all available means, but he was never able to open it.
We thought it was pure gold, especially since Maryborough is located next to the “Goldfields”, famous for its precious treasures.
sciencealert magazine report about the rock
The scientific magazine “sciencealert” published an article saying that this man, after years, realized that this rock, which he was unable to open, is a great treasure.
Where scientists confirmed years later that it is a very rare meteorite.
Melbourne Museum geologist Dermot Henry told the Australian newspaper “The Sydney Morning Herald”: “It looked sculpted and solid … it becomes like this when it enters through the atmosphere, where it melts from the outside and is carved by the air.”
The researchers also described the meteorite called “Mariboro” through a scientific paper they published in the journal “Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria” that it is about 4.6 billion years old.
It weighs about 17 kg and was named after the city near where it was found.
Dissecting the rock and revealing its composition
After they cut a small slice of the rock with a diamond saw, they found that it had a high iron content.
The meteorite contains a large amount of gold, and small crystallized drops of minerals can be seen when the rock is opened, which are called cartilage and are found throughout.
In a discussion between researchers, they indicated that the rock contains a lot of gold, which makes it much more valuable to science and researchers.
It is one of only 17 meteorites that have been recorded in the Australian state of Victoria, and it is also the second largest mass of cartilage.
It comes after a large sample of 55 kg that was identified in 2003
Excavation for space treasures scattered on Earth
Can the sky rain gold? Of course not, but it may rain meteors whose value sometimes exceeds the value of the yellow metal.
This can happen in all regions of the world, but scientists and researchers have been confused in explaining why meteorites fell in certain regions more than others.
The Maghreb, due to its geographical location in the northwest of the African continent, is home to meteorites. In recent years, it has become a favorite destination for meteorite hunters, whose selling price is comparable to precious metals, given the great demand for them by museums and research centers in Europe and North America.
The African continent is home to the second largest meteorite gathering, after Antarctica.
Iron and nickel are more expensive than gold.. the value of scientific minerals
The composition of meteorites determines their value and the information they provide, and they are often minerals rich in silicon and oxygen, or composed of iron and nickel, or of iron rock that combines both.
The mineral value of meteorites is not high, as their components do not contain precious metals, and they are mainly composed of iron and nickel, which are medium-value metals.
But they remain foreign objects coming from an environment different from the planet Earth, and this is what makes them wanted by European and American research centers.
In view of the rarity and value of these stones from a scientific point of view, as the oldest body that man has been able to obtain.
The demand for it is growing more and more, and the value of one gram of some rare species can sometimes reach more than 1000 US dollars.
About 50 years ago, these centers began studying meteorites, examining their constituent materials, and exploiting the results of these studies in the fields of space, astronomy and the environment.
Scientists and researchers have concluded that these space objects can provide important and valuable information about the emergence of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago.
Interest in meteorites increased after they became famous, and stories of enrichment proliferated thanks to them, so the search for these stones coming from space became like excavating for lost treasure.
Especially in some arid regions in Morocco and Algeria, where in the last ten years they have witnessed the fall of meteorites and their fame has reached international level.
Perhaps the most famous of them is the Tissent meteorite, named after a small village in the province of Tata in the Souss-Massa region in southern Morocco.
In the summer of 2011, the village turned into a destination for hunters and collectors of meteorites, after the villagers confirmed the fall of a shooting star nearby.
After it was found by a local meteorite hunter, this rare meteorite from Mars was sold for a huge amount of money and is currently in the Natural History Museum in London.
The activity of nomads and local researchers for meteorites contributed to the discovery of other meteorites in the area.
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