Dan R. Lynch has a degree in graphic design with emphasis on photography from the University of Minnesota Duluth. But before his love of art and writing came a passion for rocks and minerals, developed during his lifetime growing up in his parents' rock shop in Two Harbors, Minnesota. Combining the two aspects of his life seemed a natural choice, and he enjoys researching, writing about, and taking photographs of rocks and minerals. Working with his father, Bob Lynch, a respected veteran of Lake Superior's agate-collecting community, Dan spearheads their series of rock and mineral field guides-definitive guidebooks that help amateurs "decode" the complexities of geology and mineralogy. He also takes special care to ensure that his photographs complement the text and always represent each rock or mineral exactly as it appears in person. He currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, Julie, where he works as a writer and photographer.
Lake Superior Rocks & Minerals: A Field Guide to the Lake Superior Area by Bob Lynch & Dan Lynch Small size, bright photography, clear descriptions of rocks and minerals and even an entry on "junk" you'll find on a Lake Superior beach ... this handy volume has what rock pickers are looking for when they are looking at Lake Superior rocks and agates. Bob Lynch, owner of Agate City in Two Harbors, Minnesota, and his son, Dan Lynch, make the perfect knowledgeable guides on a tour of lake stones. Besides a general section on rocks and minerals, the pocket-sized book has separate sections on each of the three Lake Superior shore states - Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. It has a quick guide summary to rocks and to rock shops and museums. Fourteen pages are for the agate and its varied Lake Superior version alone. Each entry has information on where to look for particular minerals or agates. The photography, by Dan, makes it easy to identify what you've picked up off the beach. This is a great guide, but the really cool thing is that after just a few sessions of comparing your beach rocks to this book's descriptions, you'll look like an expert yourself when you impress friends and family with your understanding of what you've found. - Konnie LeMay--Connie LeMay"Lake Superior Magazine" (03/23/2009)