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Miners Castle
Miners Castle is perhaps the most famous of the Pictured Rocks landmarks. The cliffs here are but half the size of those a couple miles north but due to the presence of an access road here this is easily the most visited spot in the park.

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Poor ClimberWow

Poor Climber

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Wow the lake is low!
Posted Aug 29, 2007 2:08 pm

dwhikeRe: Wow

dwhike

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Yup, and Lake Superior isn't even the worst off! I read recently that it's due to thinner ice packs in the winter the lakes have been subject to greater year-round evaporation, thus the lower lake levels.
Posted Aug 29, 2007 4:36 pm

stinkycheezman33didn't...

stinkycheezman33

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...miner's castle collapse? or am i imagining that?
Posted Oct 13, 2008 3:23 pm

dwhikeRe: didn't...

dwhike

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Actually only one of the top "turrets" collapsed, not the whole formation. This shot is from back in 2005.
Here's how it looks now.
Posted Oct 13, 2008 3:34 pm

stinkycheezman33Re: didn't...

stinkycheezman33

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ahh, gotcha. thank you for correcting my erroneous thought :D
Posted Oct 13, 2008 3:51 pm

lcarreauI truly think that it's okay

lcarreau

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to have an erroneous thought here on SP !!!

Hey Mister d.w.hike, is Miners Castle a
so-called calcium carbonate (limestone or tufa)
formation? If so, may I include its unique
beauty on my "Calcium Carbonate" album? Thanks!
Posted Apr 23, 2009 10:24 pm

dwhikeRe: I truly think that it's okay

dwhike

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Great question, I had to hit the books to find an answer. The Pictured Rocks cliffs are primarily sandstone laid down between 2-800 million years ago. I won't attempt to explain as geology is not my area of expertise but the NPS has a good page describing the geologic history of the Pictured Rocks area if you're interested.
Posted Apr 24, 2009 7:51 am

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dwhikeSubmitted by dwhike
on Apr 9, 2007 3:07 pm

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Lat/Lon: 46.49550°N / 86.5506°W
Object Title: Miners Castle

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