Huge 9.4" Sparkling Dugway Geode - Exceptional Example

 
 
 
 
 
This is an exceptional, 9.4" Dugway Geode full of sparkling, druzy quartz crystals. Dugway geodes rarely get this large, with most being baseball sized, and even when they do they rarely contain crystals of this quality.

The geode has been cut and polished with the half shown included. The base has been cut flat and lined with felt so that it displays very nicely on a flat surface without the need for a display stand. Maybe 1 in 10,000 dugway geodes is this nice.

The 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 ground-water circulation allowed minerals to precipitate into the 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 in clear quartz, though amethyst and rose quartz can also occur. The geodes tend to be relatively small, average about the size of a baseball, 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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Quartz Geode
LOCATION
Dugway Geode Beds, Near Delta, Utah
SIZE
9.4" wide, 8.1" Tall, 6.1" deep
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#33196