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4-ton Petoskey Stone Dwarfs Detroit's 93-lb Petoskey Stone (Michigan)

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Detroit's new 93-lb Petoskey stone dwarfed by Up North monstrosity

Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, Oct. 11, 2017

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/10/11/petoskey-stone-detroit-up-north-alpena/753507001/

https://www.facebook.com/UpNorthLive/posts/1647437341967622

 

DNR still wants to talk about 'unusual find,' Petoskey stone

Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, Sept. 25, 2015

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/09/25/petoskey-stone-finder/72806774/

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/09/24/michigan-petoskey-stone-boulder-lake/72763536/

 

DNR to give 92-pound Petoskey stone new home in Detroit

by Roxanne Werly, October 10th 2017

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/dnr-to-give-92-pound-petoskey-stone-new-home-in-detroit

 

Yours,

 

Paul H.

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FossilDAWG

I wonder how many Michigan collectors are aware of the 25 pounds/year limit?

 

Don

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jpc
2 hours ago, FossilDAWG said:

I wonder how many Michigan collectors are aware of the 25 pounds/year limit?

 

Don

Are you talking about the BLM's limits on petrified wood?  Or does Michigan have actual rules on Petosky stones?  

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FossilDAWG

According to the articles linked in Oxytropidoceras' post, Michigan has a law limiting the removal of rock from state property to a total of 25 pounds/year.  Of course that is very tough to enforce unless you catch someone with a dump truck full.  In the case of the 93-pound Petosky stone, the collector posted it on youtube where it went viral and was picked up by local news outlets, which brought it to the attention of the state DNR.  The DNR seized it, and recently donated it to an "outdoor adventure center" in Detroit for display.  None of the articles indicate that the collector was fined.

 

BTW the first link has photos of a 4-ton chunk of Petosky stone.  You can see that one face is totally covered with corallites so it does seem the entire mass is coral.  What a monster!

 

Don

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Bone Daddy

This is why you obey the law in the first place. This guy did all the work to recover it and now the state takes it. He would have been better off to leave it in-situ and notify the state about it - and let them do the work. I don't think he had criminal intentions because he didn't keep the find a secret (or he's just a terrible criminal).  LOL.

 

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Shamalama

I thought for it to be a "Petosky" stone it had to be found rounded and polished. The 4 ton piece looks like it came out of a quarry. Maybe I'm just a pedant.

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crinus

it is a Michigan law. I do believe it all came about when the DNR got possession of the old abandoned Rockport quarry near Alpena.  It is now a park and you are allow to collect there, with a 25 lb limit.  Unfortunately they do not provide you with a scale at the park so you have to guess how much you have.  This is a self-serve park. No one is stationed to collect the entry fee. There is a place to drop your $6 fee.  The quarry is full of Hexagonaria and you can easily carry out a 26lb piece.  Whose is going to know unless you post it.  Most fossil collectors are aware of the limit on state land.  You can take all you want on private land. 

Joe

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