NEW: “Deep Pit” Amethyst Smoky Quartz Galleries

NEW: “Deep Pit” Amethyst Smoky Quartz Galleries

A 2018 discovery on ‘The Carver agate field’ has now been mostly explored.

A year of cutting and polishing the agates, amethyst, and smoky quartz geodes from the ‘deep pit’ find is now displayed in these new photo galleries dedicated to this remarkable geological deposit from The Carver.

The ‘deep pit’ was a small area approximately 15 x 30 feet within a larger pit that was approximately 500 x 700 feet.  From this larger pit, only the small pit yielded the geodes, agates and mineral specimens shown here.

This is a geological oddity about which I have almost completed a more detailed geological report.  This report should be interesting because two highly respected Texas geologists have provided two differing geological opinions as to the  origins of this extremely peculiar geological find.

Click on the links below to enjoy these new galleries and ‘stay tuned’ for more geological information about the ‘deep pit’ which will be coming soon.

The Deep Pit Agate, Amethyst, and Smoky Quartz Geodes Galleries


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  1. John, I have been collecting rocks in this area since 1963 when I started college at Sul Ross in Alpine. I am totally amazed at the HUGE variety of material on the property you hunt.


  2. Ring, Thanks for your observation about the huge variety of material which has come from The Carver. Since you are probably the ‘dean’ of West Texas agates and the like…having been in this area collecting since 1963….your observations are appreciated and completely consistent with Midland geologist Bill Halepeska’s similar observation. After seeing The Carver and the materials from it, he stated that The Carver is ‘the most diverse, colorful, and unique agate find in far West Texas since the early 1960’s’. Bill, in addition to being a geologist, describes himself as a rock enthusiast and collector of West Texas rocks since the early 1960’s. He has been on most of the significant agate fields in this area and still periodically comes to visit me in Alpine. I am not boastful about what has been found here. I am simply trying to get as much information as I can to the public to appreciate what many believe is a unique geological find in terms of diversity. The deep pit find is the latest surprise geologically and I hope it will become the subject of a Rock & Gem magazine article in the near future. Thanks again.

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  4. All the photos you have posted recently are of amazing rocks. Hope to see you after the first of the year.

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