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For years he held a stone for gold, but in reality it was something else



Australian gold digger David Hole found a heavy 17-kilogram rock in 2015 in a regional park near Melbourne.

The strange appearance of the rock and above all its weight convinced him of it in gold. In addition, it was found in the Goldfields region, which was known in the 19th century as the scene of the Australian gold rush.

It took the enthusiast about four years to learn the true nature of the strange stone: it was a meteorite. But before he had tried everything: sawing, drills and so on. The rock resisted.

Desperately, Hole brought the piece to the Melbourne Museum to study by experts in geology. And it turned out that its origin is extraterrestrial. "It had a sculpted look with holes that form when they [los meteoritos] cross the atmosphere, it shapes it, I saw other rocks that people think were meteorites, and in 37 years I've studied thousands of rocks, just two have turned out to be real meteorites, and this is one of them, "said Dermot Henry's expert cited by The Sydney Morning Herald.

When experts used a diamond saw for cutting, they found that it contained a high proportion of iron because it is a chondrite [meteoritos no metálico que no han sufrido fusión en los asteroides de los que proceden] H5, explains Science Alert.

"Meteorites are the cheapest form of space exploration, transporting us over time and providing evidence of the age, education, and chemistry of our solar system (including Earth)," Henry said. "In some meteorites, star dust is even older than our solar system (…) and others contain organic molecules like amino acids, the basic components of life," he added.


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