How much would one pay for a piece of history from the first million years of the Solar System? Fragments of the meteorite that fell in Aguas Zarcas are now being found and sold.
Scientists, however, explain that the historical and scientific value is much greater than the economic value. These objects are the only record we have of the ecochemical, isotopic and mineralogical composition of the first million years our Solar System.
The remains are being commercialized between ¢3,000 and ¢18,000 per gram. Residents of the nearby area are looking for the remains even in the rain, desperate to find a piece of 4.56 billion year old history. Some have found hundreds of grams.
Some collectors are offering up to $30 per gram, although more commonly between $5 to $10 are being offered. Roberto Vargas is a meteorite collector from the U.S. He has 60 grams from different countries. He came to Costa Rica to purchase a piece of the treasure.