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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Rocks and Minerals ➔ Yooperlite


Yooperlites are syenite rocks rich in florescent sodalite. They were discovered in 2017 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by Erik Rintamaki. Not knowing what type of rocks they were, he named them yooperlites. Although he was not the first to discover these rocks, he was the first to discover sodalite in Michigan. In normal light they look like plain grey rocks, however, when exposed to a black light they fluoresce. 

This specimen was collected at the mouth of the Two Hearted River.

August 2018
Gift of Lois Hecksel
Lois Hecksel
Related Place
Two-Hearted River