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Mineral Specimen #6822    " Laker " Datolite Nodule

Lakebed off North Shore of Isle Royale, Keweenaw Co., Michigan

7.6 x 5.2 x 2.9 cm
3 x 2 x 1.1 in

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Ex. Roland and Doris Snyder from Rich Whiteman, 1980s


This Datolite is from the lake bed of Lake Superior, where due to being within the boundaries of Isle Royale National Park, collecting was only legal for the short period of 16 years. A court case in 1981 paved the way for collecting. The gist of the case was the mineral rights were never ceded over to the Park Service and were still owned by the state of Michigan where it is legal to recover items from the lakebed which are considered public lands. Later, the mineral rights extending 4 1/2 miles from the shores of the island were ceded over to the Park service. During that 16 years , a great many Datolite nodules were recovered by scuba divers, this being one of them. Such specimens are called Lakers and often have a lighter, bleached rime. Although, this specimen does have a bit of that, the interior is a stunning mix of greens and quite an unusual color. The polish is very good and glass like. Overall, an extradionary specimen. The Snyder collection was very likely the best Datolite collection in private hands. Specimens from the collection were often displayed at local shows in the Detroit area. A very large Laker specimen from the collection was recently donated to the Seaman Museum and is considered the finest one of its kind.

Condition: Very Good

Flaws: There is a small hairline crack at one end of the healed crack.

This mineral is also found in the following galleries: Minerals From Michigan | Nesosilicates | Polished & Worked | Minerals Priced Between 200 and 299 Dollars

This mineral is also found in the following galleries: Minerals From Michigan | Nesosilicates | Polished & Worked | Minerals Priced Between 200 and 299 Dollars