Isle Royale National Park, Lake Superior

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The Petoskey stone was born as coral approximately 400 million years ago, when a shallow sea covered Michigan. Over time, the coral fossilized and now washes up on beaches and peeks through road grades across Northwest MI. Legend has it that the stone was named after Chief Pet-o-se-ga, whose name meant "rays of rising sun." It makes sense: the Petoskey stone's interconnecting patterns look like little sunbursts.

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Petoskey Stones were formed by the fossilization of ancient coral, Hexagonaria.  The coral lived in shallow waters.  Petoskey Stones are found on many beaches of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, as well as in rock quantities from Traverse City to Alpena.  The honeycomb patterned stone has a hardness from 4 to 5.

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Petoskey stones ~ fossilized coral that lived 350 million years ago - the rocks rounded in the surf along the shore of Lake Michigan near Petosky, Michigan

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Lake Michigan Lighthouses.

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Traverse City, MI

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The Cherry Hut, Beulah, MI

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Sleeping Bear Dunes - Lake Michigan

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Aerial America - On the Shores of the Great Lakes.......Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Time Lapse. Video by Guy Strong on Vimeo. http://vimeo.com/39677257

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Zingerman's Deli Ann Arbor, MI

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Holland, MI

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Sleeping Bear Dunes - Michigan

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The Cabbage Shed in Elberta, MI. Awesome place to eat.

The Cabbage Shed Waterfront Pub

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Michigan...for real

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Windmill Island, Holland MI

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NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN | MICHIGAN TOURISM

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Pictured Rocks, Michigan

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Sleeping Bear Dunes

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Down with Detroit

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Petoskey Stones, the state stone of Michigan, are fossilized coral resulting from glaciation and are often polished to reveal the beautiful pattern of the 6 sided coral colonies. #Geology #Petoskey_Stone #Michigan

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