Ditemukan Mineral 10 Kali Lebih Berharga dari Emas

Sabtu, 28 April 2012

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Seorang pemburu meteor menghabiskan 20 tahun mencari bongkahan batu antariksa. Kini ia berhasil menemukan mineral yang nilainya 10 kali lebih berharga dibanding emas.
Batu mungil ini ditemukan di utara California, Amerika Serikat (AS) di lembah Sierra. Batu antariksa ini merupakan serpihan dari bola api raksasa yang meledak dengan kekuatan sepertiga bom atom yang dijatuhkan ke Hiroshima, Jepang.
Menurut keterangan profesor dan ahli meteor John Wasson dari UCLA, batu temuan Robert Ward dari Arizona ini memiliki berat 10 gram. Menurut Gold Gram Bars, batu mungil ini diperkirakan bernilai lebih dari US$1.000 (Rp9,185 juta), seperti dikutip DM.
Membicarakan temuan ini, Ward mengaku ‘langsung sadar’ menemukan meteorit langka yang dikenal sebagai Carbonaceous Chondrite (CM) setelah melihat bentuk permukaan batu temuannya.
"Ini salah satu benda tertua dan terlangka yang pernah ditemukan," tutupnya.
Tiny treasures: Robert Ward shows off the two small lumps of meteorite rock he discovered in Lotus, California. The rocks are worth a combined total in excess of $1,000
Tiny treasures: Robert Ward shows off the two small lumps of meteorite rock he discovered in Lotus, California. The rocks are worth a combined total in excess of $1,000
Speedy: Pictured in the sky above Reno, Nevada, the meteor as it flew through Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 44,000mph in the early hours of Sunday morning
Speedy: Pictured in the sky above Reno, Nevada, the meteor as it flew through Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 44,000mph in the early hours of Sunday morning

Hotspot: The redbullseye indicates the place where Sunday's meteor exploded over California's central valley. The yellow triangles mark infrasound arrays which were key in determining the location of the meteor's explosion
Hotspot: The redbullseye indicates the place where Sunday's meteor exploded over California's central valley. The yellow triangles mark infrasound arrays which were key in determining the location of the meteor's explosion
Little nugget: One meteorite was found near the town of Coloma, north east of Sacramento. Experts anticipate more discoveries over the coming days
Little nugget: One meteorite was found near the town of Coloma, north east of Sacramento. Experts anticipate more discoveries over the coming days
Lovely lump: At the time of disintegration the meteor probably released energy equivalent to a five-kiloton explosion. The 1945 Hiroshima bomb was 15 kilotons
Lovely lump: At the time of disintegration the meteor probably released energy equivalent to a five-kiloton explosion. The 1945 Hiroshima bomb was 15 kilotons

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