Abram said he knows why the story took off online. It actually resembles a “miniature” Petoskey stone, because the coral had a smaller exoskeleton chamber. When the smelting industry ended in Leland, heaps of slag were dumped in Lake Michigan. Why? I love the U.P., and it is one of the most beautiful places in the world,” St. Antoine said in the EGLE interview. Northern Canada is home to several large diamond deposits, and glaciers snuck some south to Michigan. The rock. Photo courtesy of the state of Michigan. according to Battle Creek radio station WBCK-FM, an interview with the Fast Five edition of MI Environment. ", Where you can find 5 of Michigan's coolest rocks, Little Caesars joins Super Bowl commercial line-up. (Not to be confused with lightning stone, a concretion found near Saugatuck that has white calcite running through it, like lightning strikes.). Your best chance of finding a fulgurite is to go to a beach or high sandy area during a storm—do not get out of your car—and watch for lightning strikes. All rights reserved. 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. Our state stone, the Petoskey. Mighty Lake Superior // Photo by Thomas Bos. Mary Ann St. Antoine, EGLE environmental quality analyst. They’re slag, a byproduct of Michigan’s historic smelting industry. What town’s beaches are prized for agates? Where? Wanna be a Petoskey pro + learn how to polish them at home? Only, there was a small problem with the story. They bought a rock tumbler. I found it on a sunny afternoon in June 2016. He said there are bigger ones. But it’s more common to see them at popular beaches, because most of the Petoskeys have already been picked up. Mystery solved! Rocks also show up in the most unexpected places.”, Meet the Charlevoix stone, a Petoskey lookalike that’s become a Michigan rock-hunting treasure, Bald eagle attacks state’s $950 drone in U.P., sends it to bottom of Lake Michigan. But Mary Ann St. Antoine, an environmental quality analyst for the state of Michigan who has a degree in geology, took one look at the picture of the shiny find and knew exactly what it was: A pyrite nodule. The internet's interest in Robinson's report illustrates just how popular pudding stones are, but also how, what appears to be news on the Internet, sometimes isn't, and how fast a fascinating — but potentially misleading — story can spread. Tips For Rock Hunting In Northern Michigan, MyNorth Rocks! She, coincidentally, teaches earth science at the same school, Thunder Bay Junior High. It’s a decision he doesn’t regret 21 years later. In a telephone interview, the 51-year-old rock hound said that he started collecting rocks when his son, who is now in college, was 11 or 12. The Charlevoix stone looks a lot like its cousin, the Petoskey stone. But pudding stone is Michigan's lesser-known — although also prized — gem. Her find is very beautiful, and I haven’t ever seen one just like that before.”. When glaciers compressed the river bottom, the pebbles were “glued” together. Fun Fact: Slag is found in a variety of colors like Frankfort Green. With news, Robinson said, it's important to be accurate. 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. The coral that formed Petoskey stones (Hexagonaria percarinata) went extinct before dinosaurs were even born. However, there are no Petoskey stones north of Harbor Springs. The next oldest are the Montana moss agates, a mere 370 million years old. A viral story trending on social media this week tells of finding a "massive pudding stone boulder," a conglomerate of colorful pebbles and sometimes even gold and silver held together like a Christmas pudding, in Michigan. "I know a lot of people are interested in pudding stones.". This petrified coral is also known as Charlevoix Stone and is a cousin of the Petoskey. "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. Featured in the July 2019 issue of Traverse Magazine. My rock is a Leland Blue the color of a robin’s egg and about the size of my fist. Grab a bucket and keep your eyes on the prize. Diamonds are found within a 200-mile swath that runs from Iowa to Ohio. It's actually fossilized coral from when Michigan was under a sea. In shorts and a Michigan T-shirt, Abram explains he found the pudding stone a year ago. He's even seen some. Michigan was once covered by seas that were home to a variety of corals, including Hexagonaria percarinata. Meteorites can be found in Michigan. She later moved to the U.P. // Photo by Gail Snable. McKercher made the find in late July and the radio station published photos of the curiosity, inviting people to email her if they knew what kind of rock she’d found. The heat liquifies the sand into a glass cone. They are deposits from the ancient coral, which became embedded in limestone bedrock. The state, scientists say, was shaped by volcanoes, seas, deserts, jungles and then glaciers, which left behind fascinating rocks. Petoskey isn't the only stone on the beach, and the Lake Michigan shoreline from South Haven to St. Joseph offers wonderful stones for rock collectors. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). Other rock enthusiasts had posted the report to Facebook, and it began to trend, tech-speak for go viral. Wanna be a Petoskey pro + learn how to polish them at home? “Pyrite nodules (or concretions) are pretty common. "It's really big. It's really cool.". Lake Superior agates are the oldest on earth. (Think of a Petoskey stone as a bundle of pencils and the Charlevoix stone as pencil tips.). Petoskey stones were created about 400 million years ago. One person shares the post with friends, who share it with more friends, and so on. These semi-precious gemstones range from pea-sized to 20-plus pounds and occur in a variety of colors including brown, white, red, gray, pink, black and yellow. Glaciers then picked them up and carried them from Ontario to Michigan — and in the process, they broke into pieces. If you go, good luck, and save some for the rest of us! Then, last winter, during a stretch of snow days and boredom, Abram started recording YouTube videos. Through the power of the internet, we've found an expert that was able to identify a Michigan woman's once in a lifetime find on the shores of Lake Huron. The best place to find coral fossils are along the shores of Lake Huron, Knightstep said. Rockhounds, check out “Lake Michigan Rock Picker’s Guide,” “Lake Superior Rock Picker’s Guide” and “Lake Huron Rock Picker’s Guide” co-authored by Kevin Gauthier and Bruce Mueller for more information about our state’s coolest stones. Hikers or boaters along the rocky shores of Lake Huron in Michigan may see a variety of wildlife attracted to this dynamic, restless ecological frontier. Subscribe to MLive.com. Copyright © 2008 - 2020 Prism Publications, Northern Michigan Guides & Resources. I never thought it would cause so much hoopla!,” said St. Antoine in an interview with the Fast Five edition of MI Environment. Michigan rock hunting is a passion unlike anywhere on Earth, because we have the best darn beaches anywhere on Earth. Our favorite rock. When Kevin was nine, he spent the summer lying on his surfboard face-down in Lake Leelanau looking for Petoskey stones. Glaciers brought these conglomerates (which resemble a Christmas pudding) south from Thessalon, Canada. The pebbles were smoothed and rounded by an ancient river. When raw ore is heated, the iron ore is separated from impurities. pudding stones that are found often are collectible. The stone contains rounded pebbles of red jasper, black chert and white quartzite “cemented together” by quartz. Kevin gives us a lesson on Northern Michigan’s most iconic stones…. In the video, which was posted last summer, Abram paddles around in a kayak and looks for interesting rock specimens. 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. "Here it is," he says, showing it off to the camera. Mission Point Lighthouse, Old Mission Peninsula. And the radio station followed up with a update to its readers. A 10-carat diamond was found near Dowagiac, Michigan—which may be the largest found in the state, says Bruce Mueller of, Fulgurites are formed when lightning strikes sand. Michigan is home to the most varieties of stones in the entire world, Kevin says. Pyrite - also known as “fool’s gold” - is one of several minerals commonly found as nodules. We all have that one rock. During the Ice Age, glaciers broke up the bedrock, and the ice’s movement smoothed the chunks of fossilized coral. Michigan's pudding stones are usually white quartzite full of jasper, which tends to have a reddish color, said Sarah Brownlee, a geology professor at Wayne State University. The northern rim of the coral reef was there, and glaciers pushed the stones south. You’ll find pudding stones on Drummond Island and along Michigan’s eastern shore (you can find small ones in Lake Michigan, but they’re very rare). Perhaps no one understands the lure of the rock better than Traverse City’s Kevin Gauthier. Charlevoix Stone. Tagged Beaches, Outdoors. Some people think it’s due to the type of wood used to fuel the smelting furnace, but the same type of wood found in Frankfort back in the 1800s would likely have been found in Leland, too. Every schoolchild in the state knows about the Petoskey stone, the official state rock found mostly Up North. Large pudding stone boulders have been found near Clare. Families sometimes even pass them down as heirlooms. They are scattered everywhere across the Lower Peninsula. She earned her bachelor’s degree in geology from Lake Superior State University.