CUSTOMER AGATE FINDS
Overall the number of agates people are bringing into the museum this summer is down. Most likely this is due to the fact that there was little to no moving ice on Lake Superior this past winter. My hypothesis is that shore ice forms around the lake’s basin during the early winter. This is where the rocks are, so rocks are incorporated into the bottom of the ice. Sometimes the wind switches and breaks off chunks of shore ice. The icebergs float around the lake during the winter and are blown by the spring’s northwest winds to beach for the last time between Grand Marais and Whitefish Point. The icebergs dredge up rocks as they come ashore, where they melt and dump their rocks on the beach. Unfortunately, there was not much moving ice this year.
But many nice agates have been found this year. Emiily Gould from Sand Lake, MI found this three-quarter pounder in Grand Marais during the second week of July.
Wendy Goewey from Aurora, IL found this 15 ounce agate east of Grand Marais during the last week of July.
Karen Gritter from Gaylord, MI spent a week camping east of Grand Marais. On one of her beach afternoons she found this white Lake Superior agate.
Jesse Chickering from Hart, MI spent time agate hunting this summer in South Dakota as well as along the Lake Superior shoreline. He found the Fairburn agate encased in sedimentary matrix rock in South Dakota.
He found several Lake Superior agates in the Grand Marais area including one with amethyst as well as a skip-an-atom agate.
Frequent Grand Marais visitor and agate hunter, Margaret, found a pair of nice Lakers in Grand Marais.
Another regular agate hunting visitor to Grand Marais, Brian Wolbrink from Allendale, MI, was up in early August combing the beaches between Whitefish Point and Grand Marais. Here are three specimens he found including a real nice banded agate, a seam agate, and an amethyst.
When people come into either the museum or one of my my booths to show me agates and other specimens and agree to have me post the photos on my web page update, I write the date and relevant information on a card and keep it in my cash register. For whatever reason, I am missing some of these cards. I deeply apologize to these individuals for not keeping track of the information, but will post the photos anyway.
This first couple are among the 250 people who have had first-time success finding Lake Superior agates after trying my new method (see gift shop for the How To Find Agates book and DVD).
Here are some nice agates brought into the museum this summer….
At the Agate Expo show held in Cedarburg, WI in July, a guy came by my booth to show me the Lake Superior thunder egg agate he found up on the north shore.
One of the museum visitors showed off her cameo ring carved from carnelian.
Another nice half-pound agate was brought into the museum…..
Bruce Ericson stopped by the museum and showed off the Native American arrowhead he recently found in Grand Marais.
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