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I am inspired today to work on the long overdue web page update because last night I saw a 4.5 pound Lake Superior agate found in Grand Marais. I want to share the photos I took of the specimen, so it is time to work on this update. To see this and other great agates, scroll down this page and click on “Customer Agate Finds.”
There is good news and bad news about the new segment on which I have been working. As some of you know, I fully expected to have this new segment completed this summer. There were two goals for this new segment:
- To develop a new segment for the online class that could be accessed by iPads and other mobile devices. This narrated segment would teach viewers how to find agates.
- To convert this “How to Find Agates” segment to a DVD format and sell it separately from the class as an additional fund raiser for the museum.
The bad news is that so far incompatibilities are still preventing the new segment from working on mobile devices. The good news is that there may be another way to solve this problem. It has been suggested that there are other inexpensive browsers that can be purchased and downloaded by iPads and other devices. Rather than using the Safari browser, you can use one of these other browsers to access the online class, as well as other Flash-based applications. One browser is called Puffin; the other is called Proton. Since I do not have an iPad or other mobile device, I myself cannot check out these alternative browsers. I do have a couple of people checking these browsers out. As soon as I know more, I’ll post the information on my blog at www.agatelady.blogspot.com.
The other good news is that I have converted the new online class segment to a DVD format. I have been printing copies of the DVD from my computer, which is a time consuming process. So this week I sent a copy of the DVD out to get mastered. As soon as it is mastered, I will have the company replicate the DVD.
This DVD teaches a brand new method of searching for the elusive Lake Superior agate. Over 700 images train your brain and eyes to spot eight specific characteristics. As a result you learn how to let the agates find you and how to avoid “pretty rock syndrome.”
|Segment 1:||Introduction||6:01 minutes|
|Segment 2:||Formula for Success||2:59 minutes|
|Segment 3:||Translucency||4:26 minutes|
|Segment 4:||Red Color||3:40 minutes|
|Segment 5:||Pit Marked Husk||4:42 minutes|
|Segment 6:||Waxy Luster||2:42 minutes|
|Segment 7:||Dense Gray Color||2:56 minutes|
|Segment 8:||Conchoidal Fractures||2:01 minutes|
|Segment 9:||Yellow Limonite Coating||2:08 minutes|
|Segment 10:||Organized Structure||8:51 minutes|
|Segment 11:||Conclusion||7:17 minutes|
|Total Running Time:||47:43 minutes|
Although the DVD focuses on teaching you to find Lake Superior agates, many of the agate characteristics featured on the DVD are relevant to agates found in other locations. The DVD sells for $20 plus postage. All proceeds go to the Gitche Gumee Museum. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please click HERE to go to the online gift shop.
During the next few weeks I will be concentrating on making mineral art for several custom orders. I will also try to make time to finish the play time quizzes for the nine segments of the online rockhounding class. Once that is done, I will make a decision about what rocks and geologic region I will feature in the third class. I will also work on developing a second DVD that will feature the rocks and geology of the Lake Superior region.
I want to thank all of you have helped to keep the doors of the Gitche Gumee Museum open. It has been very difficult these past three years during the economic down turn. I did my best all summer to keep up with the demands. I must admit, however, that on some days I was more successful than on others.
Description of Online Class
If you are interested in signing up for the online class, please click on the agate in the banner at the top of this page. In general, the first class traces where silica comes from to make agate, starting with the Big Bang through Universe, Solar System, and Earth Formation. The second class covers the agates, rocks, and geology of the Lake Superior region. The nine segments are:
|1: The Basics – Big Bang Through Earth Formation|
Segment A: Building Blocks of Matter
This segment describes what scientists feel happened during and just after the Big Bang. It also summarizes what constitutes matter and how our perspective of what we believe Matter to be has changed over time. 45 slides – participant time = 1 hour
Segment B: Universe Formation
This segment covers how the Universe formed, expanded, and developed. Information is presented about nebulae, supernovae, and galaxies. 56 slides -- participant time = 1 hour
Segment C: Solar System Formation
This segment describes how our Solar System formed after the explosion of a supernova. It reviews details about our Sun and all of the planets. 92 slides -- participant time = 2.5 hours
Earth Formation This segment covers the details of how the Earth formed and developed. The geologic and biologic development is covered for each of the eons including the Hadean, Archean, Proterozoic, and Phanerozoic. 102 slides -- participant time = 2 hours
|2: Lake Superior Agate – Grand Marais, Michigan|
Segment A: Local Geologic History (U.P.)
This segment traces the geologic history of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It reviews Earth formation, the development of the Superior Craton, and the Canadian Shield, Mid-Continental Rift, Plate Tectonics, glaciation, and other geologic events. 67 slides -- participant time = 1.5 hours
Segment B: Agate Formation
This segment describes how Lake Superior agates developed . Details are included about vesicle pocket formation, agate formation influences, source of silica, agate banding, and agate distribution. 50 slides -- participant time = 1 hour
Segment C: Beach Rock Source and Formation
Rockhounding in Grand Marais, Michigan To improve the chance of finding a Lake Superior agate, it helps to have a general understanding of beach rocks. This segment describes the three types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Information is presented about how each type of rock formed, as well as how to differentiate and classify Lake Superior beach rocks. 72 slides -- participant time = 1.5 hours
Segment D: Beach Rock Identification
This segment is different than all the others. It has been developed to help participants identify and classify the top 22 rocks found on the Lake Superior beach. It is arranged as a dichotomous scientific key with a series of 30 questions. There are 30 YES and NO questions as well as photos to facilitate the decision tree. Then there is detailed information and several photographs about each of the 22 rocks. In the future information will be added about rarer rocks and minerals found on the beach as well as about beach specimens that are made up of different types of rock. 103 slides -- variable participant time (interactive exercise, minimum .5 hours)
Segment E: How to Find Agates
This segment has been designed to train participants to find the elusive Lake Superior agate. Rather than depend on textual descriptions, the segment uses photographs to train your eye to spot the most common agate characteristics including translucency, red color, pit-marked husk, waxy luster, dense gray color (chalcedony), conchoidal fractures and irregular shape, and organized structure (banding). 123 slides – participant time = 2 hours
The online classes have been developed as a fund raiser for the Gitche Gumee Museum. For $20 participants get unlimited access to 2 classes, 9 segments, 710 screens, 86 movies, and over 2,600 graphics. For $75, participants get unlimited access to these first two classes as well as all future classes. Please click on the agate in the banner at the top of this page for more information.
Gitche Gumee Museum
E21739 Brazel Street, PO Box 308
Grand Marais, MI 49839
kbrzys@Jamadots.com or Karen@agatelady.com
906-494-2590 Home number
906-450-5033 (Cell phone -- not always turned on. I use it only when I travel.)
Regular web page www.agatelady.com
Photo Blog www.agatelady.blogspot.com
The museum's hours are:
|Last half of May||Sunday thru Friday||2-5 pm|
|June||Sunday thru Friday||2-5 pm|
|July and August||Monday thru Saturday||12-7 pm|
|September||Sunday thru Friday||2-5 pm|
|October - Mid May||I am traveling a lot during these months exhibiting my mineral art at shows. Please call 906-494-2590 at least a week in advance of your visit. A donation or purchase is requested for all private appointments.|
Art and Mineral Show and Agate Talk Schedule
- December 6-8, 2013
- EXHIBIT BOOTH – TV6 Marquette, MI Christmas Craft Show. Located at the Superior Dome, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue. Show hours are Friday 5:00 to 9:00, Saturday 10:00 to 6:00, and Sunday 11:00 to 4:00. More information is available at http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/community/content.aspx?id=54335.
November 2013 Update
Mineral of the Month
History’s Gem of the Month
1905 Grand Marais Herald Newspaper article
On-line Gift Shop
New How to Find Agates DVD
Gitche Gumee Gatherings
Information about scheduling private, in-home private art shows
Rockhounding and Adventure Trip
Arizona Trip 2012
Testimonial from a Mineral Art customer
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Gitche Gumee Museum.
E21739 Brazel Street
Grand Marais, Michigan 49839