Australian years kept the gold caught by a meteorite


The man took him for a nugget.

A resident of the state of Victoria found in a field a heavy piece of rock, which took over the Golden nugget — but it turned out that this is actually a meteorite, reports the with reference to NV.

A prospector named David hole of this stone is found in 2015, regional Park in Maryborough near Melbourne.

during the search of gold, the man discovered something unusual — very hard, reddish stone, resting on yellow clay. He took it home and tried everything to open it, certain that the inside of the rock was a gold nugget in the end, Maryborough located in the heart of the Goldfields, where the Australian gold rush reached its peak in the 19th century.

To reveal his discovery, tried the hole saw, angle grinder, drill, even put a stone in the acid, but even a sledgehammer couldn’t do crack. It’s because he’s so broken not a gold nugget. As he found out a few years later, it was a rare meteorite.

“He had this sculptural form in the dimples. This happens when they enter the atmosphere, they melt on the outside, and the atmosphere of their sculpts,” said geologist Melbourne Museum Dermot Henry.

“I saw a lot of stones, which people think are meteorites. But only two of them ever were real meteorites,” said Henry, who worked at the Museum for 37 years.

The meteorite, named for the place of discovery — Maryborough, for the most part consists of iron, which is an H5 chondrite. His age is estimated at 4.6 billion years. It weighs 17 kg, and it is the second largest chondrite in Australia, after a 55-pound meteorite, found in 2003.

Researchers do not know exactly where and when Maryborough came to Earth, but they have a guess: most likely, he comes from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, where they had been pushed to the other celestial bodies.

“Meteorites provide the cheapest form of space exploration. They transport us back in time, providing information on age, education, and chemistry of our Solar system (including Earth),” explains Henry.

Carbon Dating shows that the meteorite was on Earth from 100 to 1000 years, and in the period from 1889 to 1951, there were several observations of meteors that could match up to his arrival on our planet.

The researchers say the meteorite Maryborough much less gold. This is one of the 17 meteorites ever recorded in the Australian state of Victoria, and is the second largest hendrina weight after the huge 55-pound sample identified in 2003.

“It’s only 17, a meteorite found in Victoria, while there were found thousands of gold nuggets,” said Henry.


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