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Pocket Vugs

By September 19, 2010

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geode vugI was thinking that maybe we need cooler names for geologic things. Maybe it's the "geo-" part. It's kind of solid, scientific. Let's take the most "geo" word of them all—geode—and call it something sexier. Most people don't appreciate this, but the open space at the heart of a geode is actually a vug. We usually think of a vug as a little pocket lined with crystals, usually in a hydrothermal setting. Well, geodes are the same thing, only without all the rock around them. They're portable vugs. And you can get them at any rock shop. I think that with a little work and good marketing, "pocket vugs" could be the next fad.
Pocket vug Geode—Geology Guide photo


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