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Geode became state rock in 1967

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The geode became the state rock of Iowa on February 3, 1967.  Geodes are generally sedimentary rocks containing quartz crystal cavities on the interior.

The idea is thought to have come from a visitor from South Dakota speaking in Des Moines.  It gained support from people living in the Southeastern part of the state, where geodes are commonly found.

House Resolution No. 14 was introduced to the assembly Feb. 3, 1967.  It passed with a vote of 93 to 26.  The Senate felt it was a waste of time.  It eventually passed with a vote of 35 to 18 in the Senate.

Click here for an Iowa DNR look at the state rock.

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