They formed 1.2 billion years ago during lava eruptions. “My grandmother was from St. Ignace and we spent summers in the Upper Peninsula ... and I cried when I had to go home. The Charlevoix stone looks a lot like its cousin, the Petoskey stone. Years later, Kevin turned down a promotion at his job in Chicago and instead came back home to start a rock shop. It was a very close call, but these are our readers’ top 10 favorite rockhounding haunts in our 2019 Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan contest. Michigan rock hunting is a passion unlike anywhere on Earth, because we have the best darn beaches anywhere on Earth. Every schoolchild in the state knows about the Petoskey stone, the official state rock found mostly Up North. When Kevin was nine, he spent the summer lying on his surfboard face-down in Lake Leelanau looking for Petoskey stones. Families sometimes even pass them down as heirlooms. Another great place is the Rockport State Recreation Area, which used to be a major gravel quarry … Some are turned into jewelry, knickknacks and garden decorations.
Michigan is a favorite place for rock hunters because of its geologic history spanning billions of years. When the smelting industry ended in Leland, heaps of slag were dumped in Lake Michigan. They’re slag, a byproduct of Michigan’s historic smelting industry. Where? "I try to write about stuff that people are interested in," said John Robinson, a broadcaster who recently wrote the piece for a Lansing radio station. The heat liquifies the sand into a glass cone. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. “I saw the article when it popped up on my news feed for ‘Michigan News’ and I quickly emailed her the answer to her question about her rock. The coral that formed Petoskey stones (Hexagonaria percarinata) went extinct before dinosaurs were even born. I lived in a swampy area in the eastern U.P., and they rusted, so I warned the woman in the article about long-term storage of her rock. It’s a decision he doesn’t regret 21 years later. The broadcaster's information was from a nearly 12-minute YouTube video produced by Robert Abram, a math teacher from Alpena. according to Battle Creek radio station WBCK-FM, an interview with the Fast Five edition of MI Environment. “I absolutely love geology and my family and friends complain because all vacations turn into geology field trips,” she said. Michigan is home to the most varieties of stones in the entire world, Kevin says.
He's even seen some.
The pebbles were smoothed and rounded by an ancient river. What town’s beaches are prized for agates? Michiganders, he explained, love pudding stones, and then, there's simple math. St. Antoine, who now works for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, knows a thing or two about rocks. These brilliant blue, green and purple treasures aren’t actually stones. Pyritization of fossils is common in some areas of the Midwest — like the Devonian shale where I grew up in northwest Ohio.”, “I had pyritized trilobites and brachiopods that I had collected as a child.
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