Geode hunting is an exciting and fun activity, but to truly
enjoy the hobby you need proper geodes tools. These can be very inexpensive and once you have them
your treasure hunting can begin. Heather Lindsay and EHow contributor gives a detailed listing of
tools that are useful in your search for these beautiful gems.
Geodes are a popular rock
hunting item, with the promise of crystalline treasure inside. Geodes consist of a plain
exterior of rough rock with layers of silica or minerals inside such as quartz or calcite. The crystalline shapes
found in a geode's hollow interior were formed by a long cooling period, though some, called nodules, have a solid
interior. They are found in specific areas of the American Midwest and Southwest, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa
in limestone deposits or certain volcanic formations.
Collecting and digging up geodes requires at
least a pail, pickax and shovel. A variety of hammers and chisels are also useful for
breaking up soil or rock. A mattock is an effective ground-breaking tool with one end a
pick and the other a cutter or pickax. The flat head is also used for prying up rock. A
geologist's hammer is a smaller version of the mattock. The head of a geologist's tool
usually has a hammer on one side and a pick or chisel on the other side.
A hammer and chisel are the basic tools used to
split geodes open, applied with a light touch. More serious geode hunters can invest in a
soil pipe cutter or a rock saw, though the rock saw may harm crystal formations inside the
geode by cutting them in half. The soil pipe cutter looks like a large nutcracker with a
chain attached. The chain is lined with carbide wheels that score the rock and apply equal
pressure around the circumference to split it in half. The rock saw is also useful for
cutting slices off a geode.
Safety glasses are an essential item in any
geode-hunter's toolkit. These help protect your eyes from flying dirt or rock chips. Gloves
are also helpful to protect your hands from blistering when using tools over extended
periods of time and when handling rocks or prying them out of the ground. Steel-toed boots
or heavy-duty hiking boots help protect your feet from dropped rocks, as well as providing
ankle support when traversing rough ground to find geodes. When exploring an unfamiliar
area on a geode hunt, it is always a good idea to bring a backpack with hiking supplies
such as a map and compass, a first aid kit and a supply of water.
Uncovering a geode in a dry creek bed is very exciting. When
opening the rock you never know what's inside. Geodes tools will help you in a journey
for these mystical stones.