The first two reference books for lake superior beach rocks and agates i found helpful are. History you could say that agates first office was a booth at the day by day cafe in st. These are truly beautiful gemstones with unlimited patterns and colors. Hope you enjoy the uncovering of this beautiful agate. Superior land and the story of grand marais, michigan describes the history of the south shore of lake superior beginning with the first native americans and continuing with the coming of the europeans, the taming of the wilderness, and the development and settlement of the region. Hunting for the stone is a popular hobby among many gem collectors. The book is an easyread that covers how lake superior agates formed and outlines where they can be found. Mar 24, 2018 the book provides a thorough examination of lake superiors strange and unique agate varieties, as well as a critical look at agate formation theories, tips on how to find and identify agates, where to look for them and how collectible your agates may be. Jun, 2015 agates initially formed along the shores of lake superior. Iron leached from rocks provided the pigment that gives the gemstone its. It was there, beginning in 20, that the magazines founding partners met regularly over a period of two years and endless cups of coffee, trying to give shape to a dream. Apr 29, 2016 the touristscoured beaches of lake superior arent the best places to find lake superior agates. Identifies some of the ups best rock picking beaches. Buy photo butch goldenstein examines a rock to determine if its an agate april 19 in a field.
Its wide distribution and ironrich bands of color reflect the gemstones geologic history in minnesota. This allowed silified water into pockets of rhyolite and basalt. Check out the pieces for the show at 7pm central tonight. The largest banded lake superior agate on record is a 108pound agate found near moose lake, minnesota, a town that calls itself the lake superior agate capitol of the world, this giant agate, which is on display in the lobby of the first national bank in moose lake, is not of great qua lily, and it is questionable whether it has the same. Lynch and bob lynch features comprehensive entries for every type of agate found in michigan, minnesota, wisconsin, and southern ontario. Mar 02, 2017 hope you enjoy the uncovering of this beautiful agate. Sparky stensaas rock pickers guide to lake superiors north shore and susan robinsons is this an agate. Agate basics gitche gumee agate and history museum. The lake superior agate, one mans journey photo credit captain tenneal. The twin ports of duluth, minnesota and superior, wisconsin pic. Characterized by their iron stained, rich red, orange and yellow colored bandings, these stones can often be overlooked in the sea of colored stones along. But a closer look at the history of the lake superior agate proves that it was the best choice.
Part 3 identifying true agates from agate wannabes. Their name is the result of a misconception of their possible crystal structures that was coined 75 years ago. If you are interested in more detail, please visit the gitche gumee museum and request an agate class, or visit the online gift shop to purchase the museums book understanding and finding agates. The lake superior agate differs from other agates found around the world in its rich red, orange, and yellow coloring. The definitive book on lake superiors agates is here. The captivating history of the worlds largest freshwater lake, this book tells the stories of native americans, voyageurs, missionaries, and others who created the way of life that many generations have known on the edge of lake superior. I have been collecting and making marbles from the lake superior agates for over 10 years now. Lynch and bob lynch features comprehensive entries for every. I am biased because the lake superior agate is a truly a beautiful agate. Agates initially formed along the shores of lake superior. Mar 28, 2018 sustaining lake superior is thoroughly researched and well documented, passionately written and easy to read. These rare lake superior agates are mostly found at the north shore of lake superior.
Scott wolters book is an articulate and helpful book for the unexperienced or avid agate collector. My wife jo found this agate hunters book while traveling in the up and thought it would help her find her first lake superior agate. It is so popular in the great lakes area that the minnesota legislature designated it as the official state gemstone. The lake superior agate one mans journey by scott f. Lake superior agates are widely distributed along the lakes surrounding areas. Jun 16, 2014 20 incredible facts about the mighty lake superior. Lake superior agate is widely known as a tumbling rough. The book provides a thorough examination of lake superiors strange and unique agate varieties, as well as a critical look at agate formation theories, tips on how to find and identify agates, where to look for them and how collectible your agates may be. Lake superior agate news newspapers books scholar jstor october 2017.
The lake superior agate was designated by the minnesota legislature as the official state gemstone. The history of lake superior agates traces back to about a billion years ago. They can be found anywhere along the path of the glacier, which includes most of the eastern twothirds of minnesota, northwestern wisconsin and michigans upper peninsula. The new book will follow the highly successful format of their first book that is currently a staple in the stores along lake superior, rock pickers guide to lake superior. No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options. Lake superior agate coming later this spring is a new book published in conjunction with kollathstensaas publishing, titled. Lake superior agate collectors public group facebook. This is a good book for all, and great photos, but not really a guide book. The granular details of how the agates form in the host rock is still unkown. The book provides a thorough examination of lake superior s strange and unique agate varieties, as well as a critical look at agate formation theories, tips on how to find and identify agates, where to look for them and how collectible your agates may be. Get the perfect guide to agates in the lake superior states. The probable explanation of their formation is revealed for the first time with help from two notable experts in the fields of agate formation and. Lake superior agate rough great for your rock tumbler. Since that time, they have been carried throughout the region by glaciers and rivers.
Top shelf lake superior agates including a bunch of eye agates, deep purple amethyst hearts and pieces, malachite hearts, enhydro agates, condor agates, deep blue azurite, copper replacement agates, high flash ammolite, fordite and more. Compelling new evidence 2005 the lake superior agate. Formed during volcanic eruptions around the lake approximately one billion years ago, agates can be found scattered across the shores of lake superior in minnesota, wisconsin, and michigan. Rock picking agate hunting guides lake superior circle tour. If youre on the hunt for some, the familiar orange and yellow banding is a dead giveaway, but noting the size and weight of a found rock can also help identify it as an agate. If youre a casual rock collector, you will find agates of lake superior fun, interesting and. In 1969 the lake superior agate was picked by the minnesota legislature as. Although agates may be found in various kinds of host rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks and can be common in certain. They can be found anywhere along the path of the glacier, which includes most of the eastern twothirds of minnesota, northwestern wisconsin and. This is required handbook for rock pickers who love to comb upper peninsula lake superior beaches looking for pretty rocks and hoping to find an agate. Rock pickers guide to lake superiors north shore north woods naturalist guides by mark sparky stensaas and rick kollath jun 1, 2000 4. Lake superior agate simple english wikipedia, the free.
How to identify lake superior agates gone outdoors your. Lake superior agate is typically a banded material often concentric but sometimes has eyes and mossy patterns. A great read on agate formation and chrystallography can be found here. Common paleozoic fossils of wisconsin book nooks, natural history, fossils, geology. Lake superior agates formed a billion years ago from volcanic activity in the lake superior region. This warm weather early on has got me out of the house and looking for agates. An illustrated guide to lake superiors beach stones, as well as a collectors guide to copper country minerals. Lake superior agates 2017 part 2 killer agate found. The red sandstone caves and passageways that make up the devils island formation were carved by lake superiors powerful waves, and when the temperatures are cold enough, an ice bridge forms on the lake, making it possible to trek across and explore the caves by foot.
The list below provides some basic information to help you find the elusive lake superior agate. Interesting facts about lake superior just fun facts. Additionally, this book has fantastic glossy pictures of beautiful, banded lakers. The book the other lake superior agates is about the beautiful agates found in the upper midwest region of the united states. This color scheme is caused by the oxidation of iron. With more lake superior agates on display and for sale than any other shop in the world, agate city has certainly become a destination for agate enthusiasts. Agates 12 great agate hunting, agate identification and. Agates are semiprecious gems that can be found all over the world, and they are common along the shores of lake superior and in northeast minnesota and northwest wisconsin.
Duluth, at the western tip of lake superior, is the most inland point on the saint lawrence seaway and the most inland. Is this an agate an illustrated guide to lake superiors. Lake superior agate earrings for women, 925 sterling silver, u. An illustrated guide to lake superior s beach stones, as well as a collectors guide to copper country minerals.
Rock hound guide agates, rock picking lake superior. Very scientifically put together and full of vast details on lake superior agates and the geological history of the area. Lake superior agates were distributed by the superior lobe ice age glacier approximately 10,000 years ago. Below are some of the most popular books and guides of rock pickers, agate. For any agate rock hound this is the bible, the go to, the end all be all of knowledge. The new book will follow the highly successful format of their first book that is currently a staple in the stores along lake superior, rock pickers guide to lake superiors north shore. Hinckley was the largest, with more than 1,000 residents, most of them recent arrivals from sweden and norway. He has written a book about lake superior agates and he gives presentations to groups at schools, libraries and city halls. Sparky stensaas rock pickers guide to lake superior s north shore and susan robinsons is this an agate. Is this an agate an illustrated guide to lake superiors beach stones michigan. Key to the secret history of north america 2009 the lake superior agate. If you make it to agate days in moose lake, mn, you can even have scott wolter sign a copy of this collectible book.
Sustaining lake superior is thoroughly researched and well documented, passionately written and easy to read. The lake superior agate was formed during lava eruptions that occurred about a billion years ago. Beginner or expert, this is your guide to lake superior agates. Red, orange, and yellow, all caused by iron, are the main colors in lake superior agates. It is characterized by its fineness of grain and variety of color. Bob and nancys son, dan r lynch, has played a role in the shop as well, spearheading their series of rock and mineral identification field guides. The touristscoured beaches of lake superior arent the best places to find lake superior agates. It is full of tips for agate hunting and rock picking and has some very good color photographs of a number of agate variations as well as photos of the other kinds of rocks youll find on lake superior beaches. Johnson recently spoke to the breakfast club at stearns history center museum and research center. Lake superior agates range from about the size of a pea to up to more than 20 pounds. The clarity and energy might benefit at times from less repetition and cleaner organization, but the author has managed an incredible feat in painting the complex environmental history of the lake. Aug 01, 2014 the 1894 hinckley fire destroyed six towns.
Lake superior agates are widely distributed along the lake s surrounding areas. The lake superior agate its wide distribution and ironrich bands of color reflect the state gemstones geologic history in minnesota. See more ideas about agate, lake superior agates and gem shop. In 1969, the lake superior agate was chosen as minnesotas official gemstone. Meet many of the top lake superior agate collectors of. This is a group for people who love lake superior agates. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. Armed with sparkys andor susans book plus some of the pictures and descriptions ive provided here, perhaps will help you id what you are. Since your best chances of finding the gemstones are in areas where the earthsoil has been moved, the lakes shoreline, riverbanks and beds, as well as gravel pits all make great locations for. Susan lives in hancock, michigan with her husband, mineralogist george robinson, curator of the seaman mineralogical. The lake superior agate is a type of agate stained by iron and found on the shores of lake superior.1052 1377 295 916 361 302 972 1257 1319 963 1468 1059 962 740 286 785 1117 500 749 573 1331 293 1132 335 27 179 751 4 231 201 591 1049 852 635 106