Rocks and Mineral found in Texas, USA

Texas' diverse geography is being visited by most collectors of rocks and minerals. It's land scoped with seas, great plains, hills, rivers and mountains that was formed by nature since the earliest era of earth history.

Blue Topaz, plume agate in rainbow colors, graphic granite, cinnabar, petrified palm wood, tektites and the astonishing number of superb fossils are the collectors most search for.

Here are the list of the most interesting specimens that could be found in Texas:


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Banded Agate
Banded Agate
Purple Amethyst
Purple Amethyst
Celestite
Celestite
Red Cinnabar
Red Cinnabar
Pink granite formation
Pink granite formation
Llanite
Llanite
Petrified Wood
Petrified Wood
Tektites
Tektites
Topaz
Topaz

Agate - The varieties of plume, banded, pom pom, thistle, zebra and more are bountiful in areas of Alpine, Marfa, Sierra Blanca, Hovey Flats west of Forth Stockton, and along much of Rio Grande. Industry uses agates chiefly to make ornaments such as pins, brooches, paper knives, inkstands, marbles and seals. Because of its hardness and ability to resist acids, agate is used to make mortars and pestles to crush and mix chemicals.

Amethyst - The prized purple or violet gemstone mostly in perfect six-sided prisms found in the Sierra Blanca and Quitman Mountains near Sierra Blanca and around Alpine. It is often used in jewelry.





Celestite - Clear to blue crystals found in the Mount Bonnell area of Austin, also around Lampasas and Georgetown. They are commonly used as earth healing crystals, jewelry, accessories to other magical stuff like crystal orb or gems for armors and staff.



Cinnabar - Red heavy, soft mercury ore (mercuric sulfide), found around the ghost mining towns of Study Butte and Terlingua immediately west of big Bend National Park. Cinnabar is the primary ore of mercury. Mercury is used instruments, electrical controls and as a fungicide. It was once used to recover gold from stream sediments and crushed ore, however other methods are used now.

Granite - Huges domes of an enormous pink granite pluton rock formation in the surface of Llano uplift region of Central Texas. Texas red and and pink granite is widely used for the antiquity of monument and building material. Like the State Capitol is made of Texas pink granite.



Llanite - A beautiful, gem-quality type of granite with sky-blue quartz inclusions; named after Llano the only place where it is found. It is used in jewelry, figurines & sculptures.



Petrified Wood - It is the result of tree undergone the process of permineralization and will completely turn to stone. Abundant and of great variety in Texas that made Petrified Palmwood as the Texas State Stone. It is used in jewelry.





Tektites - rare sphere, round, or irregular shaped of dark natural glass that show the characteristics of objects that have passed through the atmosphere at extreme speed; Scientist cannot determined and still debating about it's origin. According to findings the way it is formed and shaped is under a phenomenal temperature and pressure not found on the earth. It could be a historical decoration.



Topaz - The colorless to light-blue variety of Topaz are found in Precambrian Granite in Mason County within the Llano uplift. It is the Texas State Gem. And been famous gemstone to collectors. It is used in jewelry.

References:

www.wikipedia.com

Book of Texas State Travel Guide

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Interesting content. Such beautiful minerals and rocks.


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minesgm 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Steve, this hub is showing that Texas has a lot to offer to stone collectors. Thank you for the nice comment.


ralwus 6 years ago

Wonderful collection. I am impressed. thanks for sharing.


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minesgm 6 years ago from Texas Author

yw ralwus, it showed that Texas is rich in it's natural resources.


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

I always love hearing about beautiful rocks...and Texas :-)

Your pictures were interesting too; I think I found a very similar one in Arizona this summer - the Lianite, only the inclusions were very pale bluish-grey. Amazing! Thank you for sharing and welcome to Hubpages too!


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minesgm 6 years ago from Texas Author

@frogyfish, It's my pleasure to make you feel that way. Thanks a lot and nice meeting you.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

I love rocks...have collected them for years and many adorn our garden...have even written a hub about that. When visiting the Petrified Forest in Arizona I purchased some beautiful petrified wood as bookends; an object of art displayed on an easel and some rings. Really enjoyed your hub. Rating it useful...rock hounds will certainly find it so!


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minesgm 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Peggy W, among these rocks, i find petrified woods so amazingly formed. i feel good to know stone collectors that i'm helping stones collectors with this hub. Thanks and nice meeting you.


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World-Traveler 6 years ago from USA

I really liked your photographs of rocks and gems from Texas. Beautiful! I used to collect gems and rocks when I was younger. I had quite a facinating collection.


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minesgm 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks World-Traveler, i'm glad you like this hub. Hope this will be your guide in collecting another rocks and gems.


Lawyer Adelaide 5 years ago

Excellent hub nice pictures of different kinds of crystal and rock, there such a beautiful collections. Thanks for sharing.

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Brigitte Thompson 5 years ago from Austin, TX

nice photos, great information


Steve 4 years ago

Where is the best place to find Cinnabar near the area you mentioned? Is it in the mines or is it laying on the ground?


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minesgm 4 years ago from Texas Author

There are Cinnabars deposits in Terlingua (Ghost Town) that is a mining district in southwestern Brewster County, Texas, United States. Well, because of mercury extraction, usually if there are cinnabar deposits minings exist in the area.


Robert Rennaker 3 years ago

I am looking for a guide with pictures of rocks found in creek beds in north Texas. I believe I have found petrified sharks teeth, and petrified wood. I have found several petrified sea shells. Can anyone help me?


Yessika 3 years ago

I found a gem.I found it in Texas


Esther 2 years ago

I think I founds some valuable large gemstones how do I know for sure


Michelle 23 months ago

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Aaliyah 22 months ago

I love rocks so much that I have a collection in a room just for rocks and I mostly travel a lot to go and explore the wonderful world


Twin Diggers 19 months ago

Very nice. Very informative and I can't wait to explore more areas. I'm new to Texas and looking for fossils. But it's the study part right now and the hunt will be soon. I just need to be pointed in the right direction. Can anyone help??


breana 18 months ago

so much information of minerals Thank You


Aedan 14 months ago

I need help with the question : what is the main type of rock found in Texas? Where is it found primarily?


Aedan 14 months ago

I still need help please


Aedan 14 months ago

Mineshaft I really need help please


Aedan 14 months ago

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