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The Complete Guide to Petoskey Stones

Bruce Mueller

Publication Year: 2010

The Complete Guide to Petoskey Stones is the authoritative guide for everyone who visits northern Michigan and can't wait to comb the beautiful beaches in search of Michigan's official state stone, the Petoskey. This book dispels myths about the Petoskey and reveals the true facts of this ancient fossilized coral. Instructive pictures and maps keep Petoskey fans on track every step of the way while guiding them to the best places to find the stone, including those favored by local Petoskey stone hunters and collectors. Once you've found a piece of the prized Michigan fossil, The Complete Guide to Petoskey Stones leads you through the many methods of polishing that bring this beautiful stone to life.

Published by: University of Michigan Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 3-6

It is a memory that so many of us have, looking for Petoskey stones along the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. For me, it was at the old Kay-n-Ray’s Resort near Elk Rapids when I was seven years old, my mom taking me along to hunt for hours at a time. ...

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How to Use This Book

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pp. 7-8

After explaining the legend of where the Petoskey name comes from, this book presents the first complete story of the Petoskey stone. It will give the true facts about the stone and its origin. The second section contains the rules and regulations about gathering stones. ...

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Michigan's Official State Stone

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pp. 9-24

We must first go back 355-415 million years to the Devonian Period. Devonian is one of the eleven geologic periods that divide the last 545 million years of earth’s history, based on the fossil record. The Devonian Period was about 100 million years before the dinosaurs roamed the earth, ...

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Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines for Picking Up Petoskeys

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pp. 25-66

The rule for the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore Park, is that you leave the park as you found it. The Boy Scouts have a good rule, too: leave it cleaner than you found it. ...

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How to Polish Petoskeys

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pp. 67-70

There are many different levels of polishing Petoskeys. People do it commercially, people do it for hobbies, and of course, it makes a great afternoon project with the kids. This section will give you all three ways to enjoy making your stones shine. ...

Notes on My Petoskey Stone Hunts

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pp. 71-78

E-ISBN-13: 9780472024612
Print-ISBN-13: 9780472030286

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2010