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Dean Woodbeck (Dwoodbeck) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 07:14 am:

The view beyond the Perkins flag (M-26 west of Houghton) shows the very beginnings of development behind the commercial district. On top of that excavation is a senior living facility and behind that are several new subdivisions.

Looks like the goblins will have a chilly night of Trick or Treating in the Copper Country, with a chance of snow and lows in the upper 20s. It reminds me of trying to fit costumes over snow suits until we wised up and made costumes two sizes too big to accomodate the bulk.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 07:15 am:

First PostMorning!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 07:18 am:

We're going to be a bit luckier for Halloween. Today and tomorrow, temps are supposed to be near 60. You can't beat that for trick or treating, especially since I have to stand outside of our bank and hand out treats.

By Becky Edwards (Becky) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 08:02 am:

Anyone heard anything regarding the Eagle Harbor web site and the snow contest. The deadline is usually tomorrow to get the forecast in- hope all is ok .............

By Lak (Lak) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 08:08 am:

It's supposed to be 54 today in the Copper Country, and then on Halloween, we have a wind advisory 30-40 mph, with gusts up to 50mph. Temps dropping into the 30's, and accumulation of 1-4 inches of snow. blowing, drifting etc!
Sounds like a trick, and not a treat to me!

By stix (Stixoutwest) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 08:52 am:

Darn....was hoping the snow would hold off until after next week! Maybe it won't stay. I'll be back there from the 5th - 13th. Looking forward to it regardless. Is Capt. Paul back??

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 10:24 am:

Did someone call??

Yes, the good Dr. and I are back from Philadelphia. It was a good conference; lots of new research going on in the field of geology these days, especially by college students which is always nice to see. I went to a talk on Keweenaw copper that frankly was more comic relief than informitive!! I mean who knew that ALL of the copper in the Keweenaw came from the Copper Harbor Conglomerate??

The trip otherwise was also very good. The fall colours in the Appalachians were just incredible this year. In our free time we managed to stop by the Hagley Museum in Delaware which preserves the remains of the E.I. DuPont powder factory, one of the major sources of the explosives used during the mining days in the Keweenaw. We also toured an underground coal mine in Pennsylvania which is quite different than anything underground in the copper country; MUCH more timber bracing used in coal mining. The other highlight of the trip was about 4 hours in Gettysburg touring the battlefields and monuments (but they wouldn't let me have just one cannon!! ;-)

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 11:30 am:

Congratulations to runnerlori on her new grandson, Boone. What a doll! See him in "new arrivals"

And to Danbury for neice Justine. How about a picture, Danbury?

By RD, Iowa (Rdiowa) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 11:40 am:

Was the Holiday Inn Express there 8 years ago, just to the left of the shot above?

By tom ghering (Tomgheringtcmi) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 01:56 pm: HAPPY HALLOWEEN

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 02:17 pm:

Alright, Tom, I hate sites like that, because I HAVE to scan the whole thing--can't resist! One correction: Pelkie should have been Pequaming.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 04:23 pm:


I vaguely remember someone mentioning a web site that tells when various ships were where?

I guess what I'm asking is how may I find out what ship passed under the Lift Bridge on Portage this morning about 10:15 am?

Many thanks,

By Danbury (Danbury) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 05:16 pm:

As soon as I manage to find out how to put one there, it'll appear on the New Arrivals, now that I got one.
Or ... well, guess you'll see.

By stix (Stixoutwest) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 05:20 pm:

Capt. Paul, glad you are back. I was told that you were out of town! Well, this is my post from Friday! Hope you have time to help me out!
You gave us a great geology lesson not long ago. Can't seem to find it! I am designing a new series using basalt stones, beach glass and fresh water pearls. I really like the look and feel of the jewelry and am quite excited about it! At any rate, people love the story behind the art. I have a good handle on the beach glass, pearls pretty much speak for themselves but could use a little help with the stone. Again, my jewelry designs start with things I find, primarily from our family beach up there. Can you give me a few lines of interest that I can share with people? Anything pertaining to the UP is even better! Maybe how old the stone is, is it a common stone or are there particular properties that only the UP Basalt stone has etc. etc. A brief over-view would be really plain English!!!
Thanks, Stix

By Danbury (Danbury) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 05:29 pm:

Hey, that worked! :)

By Danbury (Danbury) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 05:38 pm:

While I'm at it, B., if you absolutely have to have to, you may check my profile - but don't say I didn't warn you.

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 05:39 pm:

Nice job uploading the picture of your new niece on the "New Additions" page!

By Chris Thompson (Ctidaho) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 05:40 pm:

Does anyone know where George Hite is? What about the pumpkin-carving contest? I haven't seen anything on his website since june...

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 10:08 pm:

Not a problem there Stix, I will try to be as 'layman' as possible although I may have to dabble into the realm of intermediate geology just a bit ;-)

So you want to know about the basalts?? Well, the technical name for them are the Portage Lake Volcanics, or PLV for short. They consist of over 200 individual lava flows with occasional interflow sediments (the Calumet Conglomerate being the most famous). A total thickness of about 15,000 feet is exposed on the Keweenaw Peninsula, with the Greenstone Flow being the thickest single lava flow on Earth. The Greenstone Flow makes up the ridges near Cliff Mine. The approximate age of the PLV is 1,095 million years. The typical lava flow in the Keweenaw is about 25-75 feet thick and consists of a massive interior capped by a vesicular flow top. The best analogy to this is if you pour a cabonated beverage into a glass, the bottom 2/3 of the glass would represent the massive interior and the foamy top the vesicular flowtop of the basalt. It is this reason why the largest native copper deposits were found in flowtops and the interflow sediments; more space for fluids to travel and deposit copper.

Basalts are actually pretty common around the world (Keweenaw, Columbia River Gorge Oregon, Siberian Traps Russia, Deccan Traps India, Hawaii, etc...). What makes the Keweenaw ones special is that they host the world's largest native copper mining district. Between 1845 and 1968, over 11 billion pounds of refined copper was extracted, mostly from a 30 mile strip between Painesdale and Mohawk. Also in the vesicular flowtops are minerals such as silver, datolite, and occasionally agates. Near Mohawk, a large amount of arsenic, cobalt and nickel was found mixing with the copper and producing the famous mineral Domeykite or "Mohawkite".

Structurally all Keweenaw rock, or strata, dips toward Lake Superior. This dip angle varies between 5 and 70 degrees depending on location. The reason for this is because the Keweenaw comprises one side of the Midcontinent Rift, with the center of the rift out in Lake Superior; the other side of the rift is exposed on Isle Royale and Minnesota (a rift is a pulling-apart of the Earth's crust). It is said that one could trace the Greenstone Flow from Cliff Mine, out under Lake Superior, and pop back up on Isle Royale; they are the same rock type chemically and physically.

Well I hope I haven't bored you out of your mind or lost you after the first sentence. I figure you can pick and choose what info you want to share with your clients. As for me, I'm sure Charlie, Dean, or Mary are going to tell me shorten my messages from now on?!?!? ;-)

By Alison P (Ricelakealison) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 10:34 pm:

Capt. Paul: COOL! thanks.
ctididaho: Double dittos, the snow depth contest too.

By Danbury (Danbury) on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 02:53 am:

Time to pass out thanks again, a little late to Deb, more recently to Mary and kosk.
Mary, I fussed for half an hour over it, but the result it seems speaks for itself. ;)

One funny sidenote, though: as beautiful as it is as a first, Celeste is not a given name, but her father's, and thereby part of her, surname!

Mary Celeste Drew - that's a nice one, too.

Though I can't help but wonder - does this name have a special meaning to your family? Because the combination, "Mary Celeste" - now that was, or is, a famous name. At least regarding ships.
Hope I didn't stir up lame old jokes about your name.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 06:22 am:

Thanks Capt. Paul. Now, just one question--and I hope it isn't too
stupid-- does what you just described have anything to do with
the Michigan state gem which many of us, including me, sport on
our fingers or around our necks on chains?

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 06:55 am:

Mary probably didn't know (at least I hope she didn't), but when she was young we called her "Mary Celeste, the little pest"...not because she was, but because it rhymes and kids think they're so darn funny. I love the name Celeste.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 07:34 am:

Celeste--a heavenly name for sure. Especially when coupled with

Happy Halloween and a Happy Reformation Day to all of the
Lutherans out there.

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 10:37 am:

Thanks all for the notes on my name....

Deb~ Yep, I knew I was "Mary Celeste the little pest" My brothers LOVED that one! :->

Danbury~ How interesting that Celeste is a surname also, I didn't know that! I always found it fascinating that the ship "Mary Celeste" was found in the Bermuda Triangle with all aboard mysteriously missing!
As for my parents choice of names...I was their fourth child and they already had three boys, so they were not expecting a girl and had not chosen a girls name. They chose Mary, after my Mother's Aunt (and my Godmother) and then since I was finally the girl they had wanted, Celeste (meaning heavenly).
I've always loved the name Celeste and wished it was my given name!

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 11:07 am:

Happy Reformation Day Kosk hope your son is doing well.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 04:23 pm:

Thanks Mikie. Tomorrow is his birthday. Imagine being born on
All Saints' Day.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 05:34 pm:

Kosk, You must be Irish all Irish mothers think their sons are saints. I know my Mom did.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 09:59 pm:

Not Irish, no, but he did seem more like a saint when he was little
than later on.. Did your mom remain convinced of the saint thing
for keeps?

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 - 11:10 am:

Till the day she died I was the just as saintly as the saint that she named me after.

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