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Bob Harman
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Looking thru the many pages of the McRocks message board forum, we can find many many threads dealing with Midwest sedimentary type geodes: Where are some sites in Kentucky; collecting in Indiana; geode mines and sites in the Keokuk region of Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa; are there any Tennessee sites etc etc and so forth. Then there are a number of similar collecting threads on western igneous type geodes, the so called thunder eggs. And there are even posted threads about geodes where no geodes are to be found.

The posters usually want to know about collecting, they are going collecting, or have gone collecting. The posters are both families with youngsters or adults interested in rock collecting including the geodes. Many of the threads include responses about the folks' collecting experiences including statements about how lucky they have been:  "We came home with a truck load or several buckets full" or something like that.
 Now that is where I get dismayed as the discussions virtually always revolve around QUANTITY rather than QUALITY.   I would much rather see a posting:  "We came home, opened our finds, and found 1 (or 2 or 3) really nice quality examples with ......."   So, while QUANTITY of the geode find replies are common, QUALITY of the geode find replies are distinctly uncommon.
A picture or two of the quality geode finds would really be cool.

This is important because, over the years, a number of small, informal, and non-scientific surveys have shown that field collectors of minerals in general, and geodes, in particular,  become enthused and continue collecting if their finds occasionally are of good QUALITY.
While children can be happy with pretty much anything (until their interests change as they become teenagers), these studies also suggest that adult field collectors largely loose interest over a year or two if their finds remain limited only to lower end examples. This includes geodes.    Most adults collecting only lower end examples remain interested for a year or two at most. If the found examples are not of the quality to be shown to others, or displayed, or brought to a club meeting etc, most are then eventually given away to youngsters, or schools and clubs, or relegated to the yard and garden. On the other hand, if the field collected examples become of higher quality, the collector often continues his or her interest in the field collecting. The early hi quality examples then become part of the nucleus of his or her true collection.

So for geode field collectors, it should always be QUALITY over QUANTITY.   To see examples of very hi quality finds go to:   http://www.mindat.org   and find the thread on "Midwest USA sedimentary geodes" or    www.fabreminerals.com    and find the threads on "a mineralogical trip thru the states of the USA" and then go to Indiana (and several other states).   Lots of good pix of geodes on both websites.    

There are still great examples out there; good hunting, BOB
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