Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Ruby

I chose a ruby to study because it is pretty. A ruby is red or pink. You can find them in many places, including Thailand, Nepal, Taiwan and East Africa. They are also located in the United States. Rubies are made from the mineral corundum or aluminum oxide.

A naturally occurring ruby crystal.
Photo public domain

For thousands of years, a ruby was considered the stone of love, energy, passion, and a zest for life. Like no other gemstone in the world, ruby is the perfect symbol for power.


Agata Kania age 7
Lake George Gem and Mineral Club Pebble Pup

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Paint Mines

Sculptures formed by wind
Painted by oxidation
Nature’s museum

Haiku by Gavin Seltz, age 10

Tuesday, April 28, 2020


By Elkan Normandin

Do you like onyx? I like onyx. Onyx comes in many colors such as blue, green, red, yellow, purple, and black. Onyx is used in rings, necklaces, and other jewelry. It can be cut and polished or kept just as it is found. It is a natural stone, although most natural black onyx today is dyed black.

Onyx is a variety of quartz. The full chemical compound is SiO2 (silicon dioxide).It forms in layers with sediments. It is 6.5-7 on the hardness scale. The luster is a bit waxy. Its value ranges widely. That is why onyx is nice.
A layered black and white onyx cabochon.
Photo by By Rob Lavinsky. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons.
Author bio: Elkan is in 4th grade and a member of the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club.

Friday, April 17, 2020

An Acrostic Poem

By Elkan Normandin      

       Never Seen
               WIll return
    In a fossiL     

Friday, April 10, 2020


By Jaydin Burrous

Malachite is a type of mineral. It forms a pretty mineral. It is green and the mineral has really cool patterns. Malachite is cold to the touch, it’s heavy and feels very hard.

An example of malachite formed into a circle by an artist. Photo by Jaydin Burrous. 

Do not ingest malachite because it’s poisonous in its raw state. It releases a toxic cloud when made into stones for jewelry.

Malachite can be found at the Guffey Mining district, Teller County, Colorado.

Malachite is used for health properties and balance if you wear it on the left hand. You can also wear it on the left hand for luck.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Poems by Rigel (9 years old)


I am a rock
Hard as can be
Not alive not dead
Can you find me?

Wind Carried:

Oh the smell carried by wind
Hot, cold, and moist
If you tune yourself in
Does it smell like life
Or death
Or sad
Where do we begin


And blue
How do you do
They float in the air
Even on a bear
Colors are everywhere


Search your dreams and in a jiffy you’ll find
A place
Your happy place
To fly and run free

The Crystal

By Josilyn Teague

Like a prism the crystal sparkles.
Always making us witness to its marvels.
How does it always captivate us some ask?
But the crystal stays quiet for it has but one task—
To make us all want it, to make us say I must have it.
To make us cry if we don’t, but brag if we have it.
The crystal laughs as it sees us a bustle,
It wins our hypothetical battle without any muscle.

But we don’t want the crystal for its beauty.
We want to wear it and become that same ruby.
But why does the crystal want you to be jealous of it for?
Because deep down it knows it’s just a mineral and it will never be more.

A solitary crystal. Image by Robert Strasser from Pixabay

Welcome! This is the gateway to adventure and discovery

Through this blog pebble pups and junior members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society can access their lessons, work on assignments and projects, and receive details about field trips in the Pikes Peak Region. This Internet program is also suitable for young people who are interested in Earth science but do not live near a rock club or gem and mineral society or for young people anywhere who want a deeper dive into these topics. The only requirement is that all participants must be members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society and must fill out the CSMS membership form (under important websites) and send their registration and membership fee in. Steven Veatch is the senior instructor and will need an email from you with your name, address, phone number, and permission from your parents to participate in this program.