Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Questions and answers

Picture a volcano. Heating, shaking, and beginning to bubble over. As the volcano irrupts the lava starts pouring out of every which way possible. The lava then begins to flow down the massive mountain, covering everything in its path. Although most people see this as a tragic experience, there is also something amazing and beautiful happening that most people have no idea about. What is happening, you may have seen on TV or perhaps a movie you’ve seen that as the lava works its way down the hill it crackles and pops, right? Well, those are actually gas bubbles, releasing the fumes created from the lava, the earth beneath it, and the volcano itself. But every so often those gas bubbles don’t pop. The gasses stay in the bubble and eventually they harden over many, many years. Imagine a time laps video if you will, going through hundreds of thousands of years of these gas bubbles getting harder, more rock like, and forming as years go by. During this many year process different minerals, weather patterns, and much more affective inhabitants seep through the surface of these gas bubbles. And as this is happening eventually they aren’t bubbles at all anymore. This transformation takes them from a fragile bubble and molds them into what we call a geode.
A geode can be hollow or a solid crystallized rock depending on how it grew over those years. Inside these interesting pockets over time they have create a crystal like interior. As the geodes become more visible to the trained eye after many years of waiting, they begin to collect them from all over the world. Most people wouldn’t know a geode from a rock on the side of the road because of how similar they look, so it lengthens the process that much more for the geode excavators to locate them at various places around the world. Having people finding said geodes all around the world obviously implies that there are many different types of geodes.
For example, here at Gold Rush we focus mainly on Moroccan geodes from South Africa which tend to be lighter and clear crystals inside, Candy Apple geodes from Mexico which live up to their name due to the faint red coloring around the rim with a spotted pinkish crystal inside, and Las Choyas(The Coconut) geodes also from Mexico but, I cannot give you an example of what you will find within these for none have ever been the same inside. So far here at Gold Rush we have has a dark smoky crystal but also a pure white crystal inside, so they truly are a mystery.
Now you may be wondering “How big are these gas bubble rocks?” Well, geodes can range anywhere from the size of your thumbnail up to about 4 feet high, and it all depends on where they came from, But considering most of the larger geodes can weigh up to 1,000 pounds so, here at Gold Rush we have limited our options down to sizes that range from being able to fit in a toddlers hand up to a grown mans hand for convenience and we see it as a very reasonable size. I know your next question, “How do you open these geodes?” and I have the answer. Also for the convenience of our guests, we have a two ton bottle pump surrounded by Plexiglas in which we can crack open your geodes. But wait, it gets better. We only set the geode in place, close the door, and whom ever your party chooses actually gets to take over and crack it open themselves! And with our prices starting at only 3 dollars it’s very affordable to check them out.
Now I know you have so many more questions, comments, and concerns for me but I don’t want to be selfish and answer them all myself, so you can give us a call at 1(800) 363-8303, visit our website at www.goldrushresortrentals.com, or just come on in! We are open 7 days a week, 9-5 fluctuating throughout the holidays and off seasons. We look forward to get crackin’ with you!

                                                Danyel at Gold Rush

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