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Hello fellow rockhounds and collectors of rocks!
After meeting lots of interesting rock hounds in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, it led me to try and show everyone some of the great minerals/metals/gems from this region.
I got inspired to find those rare copper replacement (infused) agates.
To be able to find these very rare agates only found in one small area is a treat.
I got to meet up with Dr. Wayne Sukow at multiple shows. Wayne is the point man on the very rare copper agates. Getting Dr. Sukow and Jack Hobart together at the International agate show was a great show in itself. I learned a lot from the many presentations on agates.
A must read is the November 2011 issue of Rock and Gem Magazine for Dr. Sukows article on copper agates.
Dr. Sukows website is: http://www.sukowssuperiorminerals.com/Home.html
If you can, you have to make a rock hunting trip up to the ooper of michigan.
From Rockland/mass city area north all the way up to copper harbor shores.
You can take underground mine tours of an old copper mine in mass city at the adventure mine tours! great people and great tours at
Other great tours are the delaware mine tour,
seaman mineral museum in Houghton, http://www.museum.mtu.edu/ a must see!
the quincy mine and smelter tours in Hancock http://www.quincymine.com/
And, the BEST rock shop in the whole area!!! are the great people of the Mageia rock shop in Chassel. http://www.mageia.com/
Then, there is the sad case of more and more of the great old mine dumps being ground up then used only for road fill. The number of available mine dumps decreases every year. I do not think the road commissioners nor the Michigan highway department realize two things:
First, is the tourist trade these mine dumps bring into the area. These avid rock hounds sometimes spend all summer just to rock hunt the wide variety of mineral and metal combinations, artifacts, not to mention all the varieties of agates found in this area. This year, the county ground up the mine dump of the Central Exploration mine. This mine dump drew thousands of people each year due to its high yield of great copper, xals, halfbreeds, datolites, and greenstones.
Second, they are removing some fantastic remments of the old copper mine era's remains. Once it is gone, it is gone.
History draws tourists!!!
To the road commish's, rock is rock but ask a rockhound up in that area and you will get a totally different answer.
The solution is to have MDOT, County officals and local geologists and rockhounds from the area to meet up and understand what all is at stake. There is good dumps for rock hounds, and the not so good mine dumps.
Help save our History! contact MDOT with your concerns about saving the mine dumps by emailing the director at firstname.lastname@example.org