Are you ready to find a treasure that will give you plenty of surprises? Unlike most treasures once you’ve found them the real surprises and adventure is over, but with this one they may be just the beginning. Because once you open it you see what you’ve really got.
So you’re wondering what I’m talking about, well I’m talking about thunder egg hunting of course.
What is a Thunder Egg
You may be wondering, what is a thunder egg and is it any different then a geode? Although that may seem easy to answer, you will probably be surprised at the answers you’re about to get.
To be honest there seems to be no firm answer to these questions, so all you see here is just some generally accepted answers, there are many exceptions to these, and they should not be judged as the final or even full answer.
How is a Thunder Egg Formed
A thunder egg is formed inside of bubbles that were formed in the magma that followed over several parts of the world many millions of years ago. Over the many millennia that followed, water that had quartz suspended in it would fill into these voids in the lava, and as the water evaporated it would leave the quartz behind.
In the case of a thunder egg the quartz that was left behind eventually filled the entire void with either agate or jasper.
The way the thunder eggs were filled over the years, the colors you will find, and the patterns of those colors are almost endless, and will depend on where you find them.
When you find one thunder egg you will almost always find others because they usually form in what are called beds. In some areas many beds can be within only a few hundred feet of one another, but when you compare a thunder eggs from each bed you will find that they can be amazingly different.
The differences in the thunder eggs from each bed in due to many things, such as the minerals that seeped into the voids, the depth that they formed at, or the pressure they were formed under.
How to Identify a Geode or a Thunder Egg
The outside of your thunder egg or geodes will be covered with whatever the surrounding matrix is made of, but you will be able to readily identify them by their round or peanut shape, and the fact that they will be much harder then its surrounding material.
So how is that different then a geode? Well geodes are usually formed in sedimentary rock, such as sand stone, and they generally are not completely filled in. Most geodes still have a void inside of them and will often be filled with very beautiful quartz or amethyst crystals.
How do I identify a geode as compared to a thunder eggs? The best answer for this is you can’t until you cut or break it open. You were hoping for a better answer? Sorry there really isn’t one.
You may be wondering where the name thunder egg comes from well it comes from the lore of the local Indians in the North West US. They believed that thunder eggs where projectiles that the gods would through at one another from the tops of mountains during thunder storms, thus the name thunder eggs.
Where Are Thunder Eggs Found
So where should you go for your treasure hunting vacation to find thunder eggs?
Richardson’s Rock Ranch Madras, OR
Friend Ranch Agate Ashwood, OR
Valley View Thunder Eggs Mitchell, OR
Black Agate Thunderegg Mine Blythe, CA
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