7" Sparkling Triple Dugway Geode (Polished Half) - Fluorescent!

This is a cut and polished half of a Dugway Geode containing a druzy quartz and chalcedony interior. Under shortwave UV light, the chalcedony fluoresces a vibrant green color.

The geode is accompanied by an acrylic display stand.

These geodes come from what is known as the Dugway Geode Beds in Western Utah. About 6 to 8 million years ago, volcanic activity in the area deposited an extrusive igneous rock called rhyolite. Gasses trapped in the rock formed hollow cavities, and millions of years of groundwater circulation allowed minerals to precipitate into these cavities, forming crystals. The resulting crystal-lined cavities are known as geodes.

Roughly 32,000 to 14,000 thousand years ago, wave action from a large lake that covered much of western Utah (Lake Bonneville) eroded the geodes from the rhyolite. These geodes were then deposited in the lake sediments. These ancient lake sediments are what is now known as the Dugway Geode Beds. The most common mineral found in these geodes is clear quartz, though amethyst and rose quartz can also occur. The geodes tend to be relatively small, about the size of a baseball on average, though rare examples can be found up to a foot across.

Collecting geodes from the Dugway geode beds on my last trip through Utah.
Collecting geodes from the Dugway geode beds on my last trip through Utah.
Quartz & Quartz var. Chalcedony
Dugway Geode Beds, Near Delta, Utah
7" wide