What Are Geodes?
What are geodes? Geodes are a part of our history. They are rocks that have formed over millions of years.
In simple terms, geodes are usually made up of an outer shell of limestone with a center that is made of quartz crystals or chalcedony. The center of the geode can be solid or it can be hollow. Geodes that are solid all of the way through are called nodules. If the geode has a hollow center, you can often hear a rattle if you shake it. The rattle is caused by a small piece of crystal that is bouncing around inside the hollow center.
When cut or busted open, the geode will display a center that can be beautiful with it's different colored crystals. Some are valued highly by collectors and museums.
At first a geode may be hard to find but once you have found a few, you'll be able to spot them from a distance. So, don't give up if you don't find one right away! Cutting open a geode and discovering the beautiful crystals inside can be a great experience.
This site is for those of you who want to learn a little more about collecting geodes and about others who collect them. There are links for you to buy geodes or books about geodes and other "rockhounding" hobbies. If you want to get more "in-depth" information about geodes, please visit the highlighted links or this link to Geodes in Wikipedia.
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Finding A Geode!
It's not really that hard to find a geode! A little research can tell you where your best chances of finding them will be. The best states for searching for geodes are Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Utah. They also are common in Brazil, Mexico and Namibia.
It is not unusual to find a geode in a freshly plowed filled or while removing rocks from a field before planting. Creek beds are the most common places for searching.
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I've been getting some great pictures from Lovella of Dover,Tn. Lovella has recently moved there and has found one of those spots that we'd all love to find. I'll be featuring some of her geodes here, so I'll be anxiously waiting to see more of them.
By the way, Lovella is interested in selling some of her geodes so if your interested, leave a comment below. We'll find a way for you to contact her.
From what I hear, several sites that produce nice geodes in Tennessee are the Elmwood Mine, the Cumberland Mine and the Gordonsville Mine in the central area of Tennessee.
If you are interested in any of Lovella's geodes, you can contact her at Contact Lovella!
Part of Lovella's Geodes
While the geode is Iowa's state rock, you have to know where to go. Keokuk is in south-east Iowa and seems to be the best place to find them.
Geodes are found all over Iowa and are picked up from farm fields all of the time, but the largest concentration of them seems to be in the south-east part of the state.
There are several sites on the internet that picture and sell geodes from Keokuk. There will be a few links at the bottom of this page.
One Of A Kind?
You don't always get what you expect when you pop open a geode. The one pictured here was an unusual blackish color and I was hoping for some darl colored crystals.
When I opened it up, I found what looks to be tar. I would imagine that it's large deposits of this stuff that oil companies drill into.
I'd like to hear from others who have found geodes like this.
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Garnets and Geodes Video
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Great Geode Links
Cracking Open A Geode
Below is the link to a nice video that I found on Geode Gallery.com
Video on opening a geode with hammer and chizel!
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