Lake Superior Agate
Lake Superior Agate
The North Shore of Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota
Of all the places we travel our favorite would have to be the rugged north shore of the mighty Lake Superior. Each and every powerful wave that crashes to the shore tumbles agate, granite, basalt, rhyolite and so much more in all sizes and shapes - the sound can be deafening at times. It’s incredibly beautiful.
Here are some fun facts... Lake Superior is, by surface area, the world's largest freshwater lake. The surface area of Lake Superior (31,700 square miles or 82,170 square kilometers) is greater than the combined areas of Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. It contains 10% of all the earth's fresh surface water. There is enough water in Lake Superior (3,000,000,000,000,000--or 3 quadrillion-- gallons) to flood all of North and South America to a depth of one foot. The deepest point in Lake Superior (about 40 miles north of Munising, Michigan) is 1,300 feet (400 meters) below the surface. If the shoreline were straightened out, could connect Duluth and the Bahama Islands. The lake is about 350 miles (563 km) in length and 160 miles (257 km) in width. In the summer, the sun sets more than 35 minutes later on the western shore of Lake Superior than at its southeastern edge. Lake Superior has over 400 islands, the largest of which is Isle Royale, with a size of 207 square miles. Waves of over 40 feet in height have been recorded on Lake Superior. Travel by car around Lake Superior covers a distance of about 1,300 miles. Lake Superior is one of the earth's youngest major features, at only about 10,000 years of age--dating to the last glacial retreat. By comparison, the earth's second largest lake (by surface area, and largest by volume), Lake Baikal in Russia, is 25 million years old. Fifty-eight orchid species are native to the Lake Superior basin. In North America, only Florida has more native orchid species. When European explorers visited Lake Superior in the 1600s they reported giant sturgeons (up to nine feet in length) and pike of greater than seven feet in length. Some of the world's oldest rocks, about 2.7 billion years of age, can be found on the Ontario shore of Lake Superior. The average annual water temperature of Lake Superior is 40º F. It only very rarely freezes over completely, and then usually just for hours. The last complete freezing of Lake Superior occurred in 1979, although the lake was almost completely frozen over in 2014. Migrating birds of prey funnel down Lake Superior's north shore in great numbers each fall. On a single day at Duluth's Hawk Ridge as many as 100,000 birds of prey might pass by. Sliver Islet, a Lake Superior island off Ontario's north shore, was the site for 15 years in the 1800s of the world's richest silver mine. Lake Superior is home to 88 species of fish.
Using high magnification lens we capture images deep within the microscopic typography of the stone and can transport the viewer into a micro world, far beyond what the naked eye perceives. Then we transfer those images onto luxurious fabric for "Stone Scarves”! Chiffon, lightweight and translucent, is the material of choice for our scarves as it allows for the printed design to be visible on both sides. The ultra-sheer fabric is printed using ecologically-safe transfer sublimation inks that provide vibrant color and strong wash durability. The printing process consumes no water and uses non-toxic bio-degradable inks. (We recommend washing machine with phosphate free detergent on a warm or cool delicate setting. Tumble dry low or line-dry)
Select size either (approximately) 36"x52" or 26"x72 and we will ship your beautiful scarf to you!
All of our macro photographs are of our own stone; cut and polished, exposing the natural beauty inside.
(All photos shown are watermarked for online viewing. The purchased art will not show watermark.)
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