4.7" Crystal Filled Dugway Geode (Polished Half)

This is half of a Dugway Geode containing many glimmering quartz crystals, that has been cut and polished. Beautiful quartz formations can be seen throughout the face of the geode.

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.
Quartz Geode
Dugway Geode Beds, Near Delta, Utah
4.7" wide