There is just something special about cracking open one of these rather ordinary rocks and discovering the hidden treasures inside. You will be amazed at all the different crystals and other minerals that can be found inside!…These Geodes took millions of years to become what they are today and you could be the first to see what nature created inside. We think that’s pretty cool! Basically, you never know what you might find inside. Well, at least not until you crack it open to see. That process is safe and easy thanks to our custom made geode cracking machines. So, what are you waiting for? Let's get cracking!
Why not take advantage of a number of pre-designed and customizable geode cracking programs for your next event.
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A brief review on Mobile Mining Experience geode cracking programs...
We currently offer eight different types of geodes and in multiple sizes of each that can be used in our geode cracking sales, activities, and programs. Plus, we occasionally have limited quantities of what we call "guest geode types" from time to time
Coming soon! We will soon begin putting a extensive gallery of pictures together of our geodes as they are cracked at events and programs. This will eventually be accessible on our website which will allow you to view hundreds if not thousands of images of our geodes.
|Types of geodes Mobile Mining Experience uses in our programs|
|whole geodes||Cracked / open geodes||Geode description|
Trancas geodes have a very diverse crystal structure and mineral content making them ideal for educational purposes. Plus, these have a extremely high percentage of hollow geodes in small sizes that is sure to please and helps keeps program costs down.
Choyas: Las Choyas Gedoes are a very popular geode type of collectors worldwide because of the extremely diverse mineral and crystal content. However, that popularity and limited supply makes this one of our most expensive geode type options
Bravo Geodes: Being a fairly heavy shelled, small chamber geode, this is one of the most difficult geode types to crack that we offer. But that fact alone has made this a popular geode. However, crystals are often mud covered or cloudy
|Crystal Canyon Geodes: Crystal Canyon geodes often feature some vary sharp crystal points and rods making this a very popular geode type. However, the shell of this geode can vary in hardness and thickness which can negatively effect the results when cracking (crushed sections are possible)|
|Keokuk Geodes: This is one of only a few geode types we secure from US mines, and possibly the oldest of all the geodes we crack.|
|Dugway Geodes: This is another geode we secure from US mines. Crystal formations tend to be rather small, but still an excellent geode!|
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Moroccan Geodes: This is a very popular geode type used in our programs. It features sugary white quartz crystals that reflect light well.
Sweet Potato Geodes
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|Sweet Potato Geodes
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|Very unique geode that truly looks like a sweet potato. Features small chambers and sometime multiple champers lined with agate and fine quartz crystals . Due to a high number of nodules to hollows, we do not guarantee hollow geodes and do not recommend this geode for programs|
Candy Apple Geodes
Candy Apple Geodes
|Candy Apple Geodes: coming soon!|
Geode Cracking Programs, what’s included:
The “Formal” geode presentation:
This portion of our programs include both an interactive lesson plan with some hands-on instruction with the aid and use of pictures, posters, banners, display boards, geode specimens, mineral specimens, and more. This helps keep participants interested, involved, and assist them to better visualize what we are reviewing. We typically keep the “formal” portion of the program focused and short and move into the hands-on portion of the program where educational elements can still effectively be implemented often without them evening knowing while avoiding the dreaded “deer in the headlights” look…
Consistently providing top quality programs as we do requires planning and preparation along with experienced execution of those plans. We provide our clients with a proposed itinerary for the program. However, we can and do adjust the actual program. If we see we are “losing” some of the participants at some point, we change it up to get them involved or shorten the formal portion of the program and reinforce some of those elements during the hands-on portion of the program. Note: we can adjust the length of the formal presentation a great deal to accommodate your particular needs or time restraints.
Geode Cracking Programs, hands-on activity:
We feel that the hands-on portion of our geode cracking program is critical to keep the participant involved which in turn allows for much more successful efforts on our part to implement the educational elements we stress in all of our programs. To safely include this hands-on activity, we have built a number of custom geode cracking machines that allows our participants the opportunity to safely crack open their own geodes with excellent results. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is there to help participants throughout this process to help ensure the best experiences possible.
Of the very few other companies that will run geode cracking programs in the country, most limit their programs to demonstrations or they have their staff crack the geodes. While this clearly will save time on their part, it’s not nearly the same as participants cracking their own geodes!
Geode types & sizes used in our geode cracking programs:
Each paid participant gets to choose their own geode, or geodes as the case might be. The actual type or types and numbers used will depend on what was selected to be used in the program. The participant gets to keep their geodes at the conclusion of the program!
Of the very few other companies that will run geode cracking programs in the country, most offer just one or perhaps a few geode options to choose from. Mobile Mining Experience has nine different geode types that we can use in our programs and activities. With each of these geode types available in several size options, we have a large number of geode options to choose from plus a number of additional special order options that we can use in our programs and activities. To the best of our knowledge, Mobile Mining Experience currently offers more options on geode types and sizes used in programs than any other company in the industry locally or otherwise. Plus, we are always looking for new additions to these options…
cost of our programs:
There are always going to be someone out there that will offer materials and programs for less than what we can offer. Most of our competition has choosen to focus on low price point and profit margin, not content or value. From a business stand point, this makes sense. However, we work under the premise of doing it right, or not at all... We focus on providing the highest quality products and programs at all times with a strong emphasis on fun and educational experiences.
Geode cracking kits, such as the DIY kits we offer, typically groups will use a method of placing a geode inside an old gym sock and crushing it with a hammer. Not only does this provide pretty poor results (crushed geode parts as opposed to geode halves), it also creates some safety concerns too. Really, the biggest advantage to kits would be price.