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Rocks and Mineral Found in Texas, Usa

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Texas' diverse geography is being visited by most collectors of rocks and minerals. It's land scoped with seas, great plains, hills, rivers and mountains that was formed by nature since the earliest era of earth history.

Blue Topaz, plume agate in rainbow colors, graphic granite, cinnabar, petrified palm wood, tektites and the astonishing number of superb fossils are the collectors most search for.

Here are the list of the most interesting specimens that could be found in Texas:

Banded Agate

Banded Agate

Purple Amethyst

Purple Amethyst



Red Cinnabar

Red Cinnabar

Pink granite formation

Pink granite formation



Petrified Wood

Petrified Wood





Agate - The varieties of a plume, banded, pom pom, thistle, zebra, and more are bountiful in areas of Alpine, Marfa, Sierra Blanca, Hovey Flats west of Forth Stockton, and along much of Rio Grande. Industry uses agates chiefly to make ornaments such as pins, brooches, paper knives, inkstands, marbles, and seals. Because of its hardness and ability to resist acids, agate is used to make mortars and pestles to crush and mix chemicals.

Amethyst - The prized purple or violet gemstone mostly in perfect six-sided prisms found in the Sierra Blanca and Quitman Mountains near Sierra Blanca and around Alpine. It is often used in jewelry.

Celestite - Clear to blue crystals found in the Mount Bonnell area of Austin, also around Lampasas and Georgetown. They are commonly used as earth healing crystals, jewelry, accessories to other magical stuff like crystal orbs or gems for armors and staff.

Cinnabar - Red heavy, soft mercury ore (mercuric sulfide), found around the ghost mining towns of Study Butte and Terlingua immediately west of Big Bend National Park. Cinnabar is the primary ore of mercury. Mercury has used instruments, such as electrical controls, and as a fungicide. It was once used to recover gold from stream sediments and crushed ore, however other methods are used now.

Granite - Huges domes of an enormous pink granite pluton rock formation in the surface of Llano uplift region of Central Texas. Texas red and pink granite are widely used for the antiquity of monuments and building materials. The State Capitol is made of Texas pink granite.

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Llanite - A beautiful, gem-quality type of granite with sky-blue quartz inclusions; named after Llano the only place where it is found. It is used in jewelry, figurines & sculptures.

Petrified Wood - It is the result of a tree undergoing the process of permineralization and will completely turn to stone. Abundant and of great variety in Texas that made Petrified Palmwood was the Texas State Stone. It is used in jewelry.

Tektites - rare spheres, round, or irregular shaped of dark natural glass that show the characteristics of objects that have passed through the atmosphere at extreme speed; Scientists cannot determine and still debating about their origin. According to findings the way it is formed and shaped is under a phenomenal temperature and pressure not found on the earth. It could be a historical decoration.

Topaz - The colorless to a light-blue variety of Topaz is found in Precambrian Granite in Mason County within the Llano uplift. It is the Texas State Gem. And it is a famous gemstone to collectors. It is used in jewelry.


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Aedan on September 16, 2015:

I mean minesgm

Aedan on September 16, 2015:

Mineshaft I really need help please

Aedan on September 16, 2015:

I still need help please

Aedan on September 16, 2015:

I need help with the question : what is the main type of rock found in Texas? Where is it found primarily?

breana on May 18, 2015:

so much information of minerals Thank You

Twin Diggers on April 17, 2015:

Very nice. Very informative and I can't wait to explore more areas. I'm new to Texas and looking for fossils. But it's the study part right now and the hunt will be soon. I just need to be pointed in the right direction. Can anyone help??

Aaliyah on January 16, 2015:

I love rocks so much that I have a collection in a room just for rocks and I mostly travel a lot to go and explore the wonderful world

Michelle on December 23, 2014:

Hi Dwaye,There's a lot of value with your videos. Great job of linyag out the core concepts of keyword research. People that need to learn more about these concepts are sure to benefit from this high value lesson!All the best,Jim Jinright

Esther on August 31, 2014:

I think I founds some valuable large gemstones how do I know for sure

Yessika on April 01, 2013:

I found a gem.I found it in Texas

Robert Rennaker on January 08, 2013:

I am looking for a guide with pictures of rocks found in creek beds in north Texas. I believe I have found petrified sharks teeth, and petrified wood. I have found several petrified sea shells. Can anyone help me?

minesgm (author) from Texas on February 01, 2012:

There are Cinnabars deposits in Terlingua (Ghost Town) that is a mining district in southwestern Brewster County, Texas, United States. Well, because of mercury extraction, usually if there are cinnabar deposits minings exist in the area.

Steve on January 22, 2012:

Where is the best place to find Cinnabar near the area you mentioned? Is it in the mines or is it laying on the ground?

Brigitte Thompson from Austin, TX on October 07, 2011:

nice photos, great information

Lawyer Adelaide on February 02, 2011:

Excellent hub nice pictures of different kinds of crystal and rock, there such a beautiful collections. Thanks for sharing.

Lawyer Adelaide

minesgm (author) from Texas on October 14, 2010:

Thanks World-Traveler, i'm glad you like this hub. Hope this will be your guide in collecting another rocks and gems.

World-Traveler from USA on October 14, 2010:

I really liked your photographs of rocks and gems from Texas. Beautiful! I used to collect gems and rocks when I was younger. I had quite a facinating collection.

minesgm (author) from Texas on September 21, 2010:

@Peggy W, among these rocks, i find petrified woods so amazingly formed. i feel good to know stone collectors that i'm helping stones collectors with this hub. Thanks and nice meeting you.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 21, 2010:

I love rocks...have collected them for years and many adorn our garden...have even written a hub about that. When visiting the Petrified Forest in Arizona I purchased some beautiful petrified wood as bookends; an object of art displayed on an easel and some rings. Really enjoyed your hub. Rating it useful...rock hounds will certainly find it so!

minesgm (author) from Texas on September 08, 2010:

@frogyfish, It's my pleasure to make you feel that way. Thanks a lot and nice meeting you.

frogyfish from Central United States of America on September 08, 2010:

I always love hearing about beautiful rocks...and Texas :-)

Your pictures were interesting too; I think I found a very similar one in Arizona this summer - the Lianite, only the inclusions were very pale bluish-grey. Amazing! Thank you for sharing and welcome to Hubpages too!

minesgm (author) from Texas on September 07, 2010:

yw ralwus, it showed that Texas is rich in it's natural resources.

ralwus on September 07, 2010:

Wonderful collection. I am impressed. thanks for sharing.

minesgm (author) from Texas on August 17, 2010:

@Steve, this hub is showing that Texas has a lot to offer to stone collectors. Thank you for the nice comment.

SteveoMc from Pacific NorthWest on August 16, 2010:

Interesting content. Such beautiful minerals and rocks.

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