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Ancient Space Rock Found In Farmer's Field

Minnesota Meteorite: Farmer Bruce Lilienthal Finds Ancient Space Rock Half-Buried In Field

By David Freeman
The Huffington Post

      Farmers expect to reap what they sow. So it was quite a surprise when Bruce Lilienthal found a meteorite half-buried in a field on his farm in Minnesota's Sibley County, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

"We didn't know what it was at first," Lilienthal said of the flat, oddly heavy rock in an interview with KEYC-TV.

"We've done enough tests to be sure it's a meteorite," Dr. Calvin Alexander, a meteorite expert and professor of earth sciences at the University of Minnesota, told the Star Tribune. "It is not part of the Earth. It fell out of the sky."

Dr. Alexander told The Huffington Post in an email that he examined the 33-pound rock at his office in Minneapolis on May 30, after Lilienthal and his wife brought it in. A variety of tests -- including chemical analysis and electron microscopy -- convinced him that what he calls the "Lilienthal object" is an iron meteorite. . . .

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