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Sometimes, when you go on a fossil hunt, you find more than just fossils. Some friends and I traveled to southeastern Iowa in Spring '18 to scour the Mississippian for fossils, but while there, we noticed that many of the homes that we drove by sported geodes in their front yards. Intrigued, we decided to investigate for ourselves. As it turns out, the area is well-known for its geodes (Iowa's state rock is the geode), so we promptly decided that we had to collect some for ourselves. We eventually found a privately owned piece of property where we could fill a bucket with geodes fo
Last fall I was out near Keokuk Iowa collecting geodes during Geodefest 2016. On a day hunt I was collecting really close to Keokuk, Iowa and Hamilton, IL and we were at a site in the Fox River. While collecting geodes I usually will find pieces of fossil corals and throw them in the bucket. I recently had a geode cracking party with a buddy last weekend finally cracking the geodes I collected and found this in a bucket from the trip. I know it was collected in the Fox River and I think the river is actually right over the Missouri border. Looks like a coral to me but wanted to see if I c