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Hershrock
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Anyone hunted for geodes in the Athens, Alabama area? I've been told that there are numerous creek beds around there, to the south and west of town (which is towards Wheeler Lake). When I look at a map, however, I see just a lot of spread out roads, tons of tiny creeks, no clear area that looks more likely than any other place. I don't know if the creeks are dry or wet--they are all blue on google maps. I'm taking my kids on this trip, so knowing more about what to expect or tips, etc., would be greatly appreciated. I know creek-bed geodes aren't going to be collector quality--I just want them to have the experience of finding some chunk of rock that has something pretty inside.
Bob Harman
 #2 
The geology is right for Mississippian age sedimentary geodes to be found in a small area of North central Alabama. The Athens area might be included. As I have never hunted there, I cannot be more specific than to say look in creek beds, lake shores, road cuts and road construction sites, and quarries.

Also I have never seen any collectible examples either displayed or for sale, so, as you note, they may only be ordinary quartz geodes of no special collector interest.   Maybe some one with local collecting experience will know of more specific collecting sites.  Good luck, BOB
Hershrock
 #3 
Not much luck this past weekend in the Athens, Alabama area. I contacted the local gem & mineral folks and didn't get much help. People in the immediate area (actually near the site) had no idea. Most seemed surprised there were such things as geodes. I had to explain that a few times. They had a good bit of rain in the few days before we went, so that didn't help things much. Lots of soggy fields & mud, creeks that might have been dry had more water than usual, and more bugs. There is a "river" that without the rain may have been more of a creek. We didn't make any attempt to walk in it because it looked to be more than a foot deep, even towards the edges. The rain might have made a big difference there.

Bill Reynolds was the guy who had posted about finding good stuff in this area. Hoping to hear from him about some tips. My parents live near here, so it would be a great place to go back with some more guidance.
Mike Streeter
 #4 
I took at look at the geologic map of Alabama and compared it to what I know about central Tennessee's and its geodes.  In the Woodbury, TN area, geodes and mineral-lined vugs in occur in or have weathered out of the Mississippian Fort Payne Formation.  This is the same geologic formation that occurs in northern Alabama, including the Athens area.  So, it is within the realm of possibility that geodes occur in and around Athens.  With this said, far-ranging geologic formations like the Fort Payne are not homogeneous, so the presence of geodes in one area is no guarantee they will be found in another.

Mike
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