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Kentucky Color - Crystals on Grider Hill Pass

Could these sparklers be a girl's second best friend
For next earlier Kentucky Color, see Kentucky Color: Water Maple

By Billy Joe Fudge
Retired District Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry

Geodes can be either solid to the core or be filled to some degree with crystals in which case, scientifically, they are referred to as nodules.

Although no one as of yet has observed one forming the generally accepted theory is that they are formed both by volcanic activity and during the sedimentary process. Locally, I understand that ours were formed during the sedimentary process.

Usually of course we find those Geodes that have been exposed as limestone formations have been eroded away by weather or seismic activity. However, as you travel through Grider Hill Pass you can observe many of these Geode Nodules that have been exposed during the construction of KY 61 South, Columbia, KY. Notice the rock debris lodged in amongst the crystals.

I know they aren't diamonds but I would love to see some jewelry made from these little sparklers. They might even be a girl's second best friend.

This story was posted on 2010-03-17 09:06:05
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Kentucky Color: Crystals on Grider Hill Pass

2010-03-17 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, retired District Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry. Columbia, Adair Co., KY

The construction of KY 61 South creating Grider Hill Pass, between the Columbia Western Bypass and the Interchange at Exit 46 on the Louie B. Nunn Parkway created a chance to see exposed geodes in the deep cut through the limestone, such as the sparklers above.

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