Geodes and Amethyst Caves

Nodules are roughly sphere-shaped rocks. Those which are at least partly hollow are called geodes. The cavities are formed when volcanic rocks have large steam bubbles inside them. Over time, crystals may form lining the inside walls of the cavities.

The most common material found in the cavities of geodes is quartz. The cavity in most geodes is surrounded by a layer of agate in colored bands which gives a spectacular effect when polished.

If the quartz is deposited slowly with relatively few impurities, it will line the cavity with sparkling crystals. If the quartz is deposited rapidly, the cavity will be filled with varicolored bands of agate, which is an extremely fine grained form of quartz.

Quartz Geode Agate geode

The crystals which form in geodes may be any color. The most common are white, smoky, gray, lavender and brown. Among the most spectacular are those with purple amethyst crystals.

Geodes occur in relatively few places in the world but, in these places, they are abundant. They are found in the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys in the USA and the Chihuahua area of Mexico. The main source for amethyst geodes is the Rio Grande du Sol region in Brazil and the adjoining part of Uruguay. Huge geodes, described as amethyst caves and cathedrals, have bee found in Brazil. The largest are up to 10 meters tall.

Amethyst Cave Amethyst cathedral

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