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Man hears liquid sloshing around in rock and cracks it open
Some people are so lucky.
Elijah Chan
09.14.22

Ever wondered what’s inside a rock?

If you love strolling outdoors, you’ll come across a lot of natural wonders that you can hold within the palm of your hand.

YouTube Screenshot - Mooney Fine Mineral
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YouTube Screenshot - Mooney Fine Mineral

Just like this YouTube content creator, you might just end up with an amazing treasure if you know just what to look for.

Mooney Fine Mineral presented such a treasure.

In one of his YouTube Shorts, he held to the camera an unassuming rock. The spherical rock is about the size of a burger bun. It’s grey and is void of any noteworthy features.

YouTube Screenshot - Mooney Fine Mineral
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YouTube Screenshot - Mooney Fine Mineral

However, Mooney knew that there was something special about this rock that he found on a sandbar when he was out and about.

He says that there’s water inside.

But the rock, he added, was light enough to be washed from one point to another. He shook the rock like a small coconut and you can hear the sound of faint sloshing.

YouTube Screenshot - Mooney Fine Mineral
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YouTube Screenshot - Mooney Fine Mineral

At this point, you might be wondering how water can get inside the rock and what is this seemingly ordinary piece of boulder.

The answer lies within the stone.

Using a chain crusher, Mooney cracked the rock open. As it separates, clear water exploded out from the rock. The rock was then cut perfectly in half.

YouTube Screenshot - Mooney Fine Mineral
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YouTube Screenshot - Mooney Fine Mineral

Mooney can be heard celebrating the find. Then, when he revealed what the rock was, he showed people a beautiful geode.

Geodes are interesting rocks.

This small geological feature crosses the classification of igneous rocks and sedimentary rocks.

Igneous rocks are formed at high temperatures like diamonds or the more ubiquitous granite. Sedimentary rocks, on the other hand, are formed with the help of water.

YouTube Screenshot - Mooney Fine Mineral
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YouTube Screenshot - Mooney Fine Mineral

Through weathering, erosion, dissolution, or precipitation, beautiful rocks are formed on riverbeds, beachheads, and lakes.

Geodes are a bit of both.

One would scratch their head when they see a geode – a hollow rock filled with crystals protruding from the shell and towards the core.

Geodes are usually made from molten lava. Sometimes, when the magma cools and fails to pop an air bubble inside, the cavity stays.

YouTube Screenshot - Mooney Fine Mineral
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YouTube Screenshot - Mooney Fine Mineral

Then, through exposure to other environments, water may seep inside the rock like a river or seawater. This explains why the rock exploded with water when it was cracked.

Crystal formations

The minerals in the water would then be deposited on the rock’s inner shell. And as time passes, the minerals turn into crystals and fill the cavity.

The process results in this amazing rock with crystals inside.

The crystals are often made of quartz but can also be formed through calcite, dolomite, aragonite, hematite, pyrite, and other crystals.

Time is a mystery

As for Mooney, there’s no knowing how long the water has been inside the rock, and while the crystals came in a gold and silver hue, the colors of geodes can vary from reds, violets, and greens.

Who would’ve thought that a thing of beauty resides within a seemingly uninteresting rock?

It just goes to show how marvelous nature truly is and we just have to keep our eyes peeled to find treasures like these.

See Mooney crack open his beautiful geode in the video below!

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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