Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Vacation Learning: Rocks: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore #2

I am going to try to update regarding our rock unit, and also share about our recent trip.
If you want to see rock learning activities at home check out: Rocks# 1Rocks# 2

On our first morning in Munising, MI, we decided to get on the Pictured Rock Cruise. We chose the Spray Falls Cruise because we enjoy waterfalls.  

The views of the sandstone cliffs were amazing.  They tower 50 to 200 feet above the clear waters of Lake Superior.  

The name Pictured Rocks comes from the streaks of stains that are visible on the cliffs.

The stains come to be as a result of the minerals in the groundwater poring out of cracks in the sandstone, and dripping down the cliffs. 
Green and blue come from copper; orange and red come from iron; white comes from calcium; and black comes from manganese. 

Spray Falls: It plunges about 70 feet over the Pictured Rocks Cliffs.  The shipwreck Superior lies at the base of the falls. 

Due to their appearance, the first picture shows the cliffs know as the battleship line up. On the second picture, you can see Lover´s leap, and a few brave kayakers.

On our way back, we took a look at the Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse.

After the cruise we headed back to our campground.  We stayed at the Munising Tourist Park were lake superior was our RV's backyard backlake.

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