Tuesday, October 30, 2012

P is for Petoskey stones


Petoskey stones (Hexagonaria Percarinata) are actually sedimentary, compressed fossils of 350 million year old sea creatures . They're fairly uncommon and only found in this exact formation along beaches, in gravel pits and sand dunes in northern Michigan (Lakes Michigan and Huron). The pictured ones were graciously given to me, they bring back fun memories of summers in the beautiful Lake Michigan area. I owe you a better picture, I still have camera issues and haven't decided which new one to get yet...

The stone is named after Petoskey, Michigan, the town near where most of them have been found in the northwestern part of the lower peninsula. More here. And more about these "stones" here.

16 comments:

  1. That's a new one for me. Great idea for P. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

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  2. the smaller stone looks a bit like a disembodied head!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  3. This is new information for me too. Very fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. fascinating! i haven't heard of Petoskey stones before.

    P is for...

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  5. very interesting. first time i'm hearing of this. t hanks.

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  6. Wow ~ Unique post and so interesting ~ lovely photo ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  7. They are beautiful!

    Pile of Leaves
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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  8. Maybe it's not the best photo, but a very interesting one !! I loved the lake Michigan, but had never payed attention to the pebbles !
    You are still looking for a camera ??? I start to admire you ! I would never have the patience to wait for such a long time. Once I decide I storm inside the shop and buy ! lol ! Especially with a camera, I would feel as if a leg was missing !

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  9. Sorry to hear about your camera issues. I hope you find what you want soon. I had my share of issues earlier this year too, I know it's very annoying. Loved the story of the fossils, what a treasure they are!

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  10. Cool looking stones and great childhood memories.

    Have a great halloween.
    Ann

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  11. I love fossils because they were living creatures long before we were born, and they will be around long after our existence. When we were in Denmark we always went to the Isle of Møn where we found all kind of fossils of, among other things, sea urchins. Your fossils are fascinating.Thanks for sharing.
    Wil, ABC Team.

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  12. I am so interested in fossils, these stones are fascinating, thanks for doing such a great post, your article is both educational and interesting.

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  13. How interesting! And to have a photo of them, too! Thanks for stopping by at my P. Yours look like little gems!

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  14. Calling by from ABC Wednesday, what a fascinating post.

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