As a professional Cacheologist and GeoCacheologist I have always been interested in the “alternative treasures”. When I state Alternative, I mean treasures that are not your normal coins, gems and such. Treasures that are really rare. My exploits have taken me to the depths of the earth in Minas Gerais, Brazil extracting huge crystals and gemstones of unseen proportions (think of crystals, perfectly clear the size of a small SUV, or gemstones, when cut are over 240,000 CARATS!).
These exploits have also been in the Ural Mountains in Russia to extract these precious finds, but one of my most exciting “collection pieces” was extracted from China and was the result of possibly millions dead. Now do not get me wrong, as a wild west action type, I did not have to kill millions to find and get out of China this precious treasure. It is not that way at all. In fact, it was the TREASURE itself that did the killing.
Let me explain: The treasure was one of the largest fragments, if not the CORE of the extinction level killer asteroid or meteorite in Nantan, China. The NanTan meteorite when it hit wiped millions of living organisms off the face of the planet. The fall of the meteorite might have been observed in 1516, but it is difficult to asses if this event is connected with the pieces that were retrieved in 1958. The meteorite burst during passage through the atmosphere and the pieces were scattered in a strewn field 28 kilometres (17 mi) long and 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) wide near the city of Nantan, Nandan County, Guangxi (China). The meteorite was named after the city. The fragments were not retrieved until the 1950s when they were gathered for smelting to make metal for the growing industrialization of China. It was found that the meteoric iron contained too much nickel for smelting. Thus, it is in this high metal content, the value of the treasure comes.
Forget, the item left over that became treasure, is a historic treasure in and of itself, it is also a treasure in precious metal content.
I have reported before that asteroids contain diamonds, but did you know they can also bring (meteorites) platinum, gold, silver, nickel and other rare and precious metals?
NOW COMES THE GOOD PART – I am going to tell you where ONE HUNDRED NINETY FIVE BILLION DOLLARS is up for grabs. Just grab your equipment, put on your exploratory nature and just go grab it. Here is the scoop:
Experienced specialists in asteroids and comets worldwide announced that on Feb, 15, 2013, the asteroid known as 2012 DA14, will transit between Earth and the satellite orbit at a distance of about 27,000 kilometers, reported Network World on Feb. 12. The asteroid 2012 DA14 was discovered by the telescopes of Sagra and Tenerife in Spain and was first observed in February of last year.
It’s proximity to Earth was 2,250,000 kilometers away on Feb. 15, 2012, and this year we will see one of the closest approaches of an asteroid to earth in history, according to records from NASA. It is estimated that the size of the asteroid is about 50 to 100 meters and it will not hit Earth, however, the four thousand celestial bodies in nearby orbits are potential threats to Earth. “The impact of a small asteroid like would equal the destructive power of an atomic bomb. A larger asteroid could be catastrophic. ” said the University of Central Florida.
For many space experts, asteroids provide clues about the early formation of the solar system and should be of interest to the community, because “they can be dangerous as well as a resource.” Scientists at Deep Space Industries believe the asteroid DA14 could be worth $195B in metals and propellant. However, it is virtually impossible for scientists to harness the valuable materials.
According to Network World,
“The lack of a rocket and spacecraft that could actually catch such as asteroid of course is a big problem. There are a few other major issues as well. The path of asteroid 2012 DA14 is tilted relative to Earth, requiring too much energy to chase it down for mining. Deep Space believes there are thousands of near Earth asteroids that will be easier to chase down than this one.
Still, according to DSI experts, if 2012 DA14 contains 5% recoverable water, that alone — in space as rocket fuel — might be worth as much as $65 billion. If 10% of its mass It could mass which could range from as little as 16,000 tons or as much as one million tons — is easily recovered iron, nickel and other metals, that could be worth — in space as building material — an additional $130 billion.”