MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - A massive piece of copper that's a popular draw for school kids and tourists at a park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula could be removed if a $255,000 fundraising goal isn't met.
The Mining Journal of Marquette reports (http://bit.ly/1gz3LCW ) the 28.2-ton piece was found by two men in 1997 using a metal detector and brought to Marquette's Presque Isle Park in 2010. It was loaned to the city with the idea that it eventually would be purchased.
The piece found near Hancock is what's known as glacial float copper, which is naturally formed and was carried or floated along by a glacier.
The Marquette County Community Foundation is going public with its fundraising campaign. If the money isn't raised, the copper piece could be removed and melted down.
Information from: The Mining Journal, http://www.miningjournal.net
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