The rock that proved to be far more precious than gold: The 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite

Fareeha Arshad

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In 2015, David Hole discovered something that he never anticipated: a strange reddish rock in the Maryborough Regional Park in Australia. No matter how hard he tried, he could not ignore the rock. So, he took it home along with him in the hopes of opening it to find gold or something precious of that sort.

After spending several hours and every method he could, the rock did not budge, let alone crack open. Finally, he gave up, hoping that it would benefit him someday. It was only recently that the secret of the rock was finally revealed: it was not your average piece of stone, instead was a 4.6 billion-year-old rare meteorite.

After Hole took the rock to the Melbourne Museum to uncover its mystery, many studies have been done on it since then. First, scientists confirmed that its rare look was because it melted while falling down the atmosphere. Then, researchers explained its physical and chemical features in the subsequent study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria.

According to scientists, the meteorite is rich in iron and weighs over thirty-seven pounds. Inside the rock, several small crystallized structures of metallic minerals were uncovered. So far, the researchers could not confirm where the meteorite originated or where it came from. However, they believe that most likely, the meteorite initially belonged to the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars before smashing into the Earth’s surface.

Also, scientists believe that this particular meteorite could have fallen between 1889 and 1951 when the planet had observed several frequent meteorite showers.

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