Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Which color’s your favorite?

By Josilyn Teague

My favorite gemstone is citrine, the color reminds me of stars!

What’s your favorite gem? Or mineral? Or rock? If you have multiple, please, say what they are.

Then I’ll ask “Why?”, why is it your favorite? Is it the color? The shape? Or maybe the size?

If you like red, I suggest the ruby. It’s dark mysterious crimson should appeal to your eyes!

Not a fan of red? How about orange! Then you should like the gemstone carnelian, it’s colored like fire!

Orange isn’t your favorite? Let’s try yellow instead, the shade of orpiment is something to admire.

Which color’s your favorite? You have to have one! Have I listed it yet? Must I go on?

A green gem next, malachite perhaps! This gem is green and laced with black, a true beauty to gaze upon.

Is blue your favorite? Then a sapphire for sure, they come in so many colors but the best is the ocean blue!

What about purple! Surely Alexandrite is the winner! The most marvelous shade, it’s perfect for you!

Which of these gems do you like best? Which color’s your favorite? I have more up my sleeve!

Let’s try pink this time! I suggest spinel, this gem is an amazing shade of pink you won’t believe!

White is pretty, let’s give that a try! How about moonstone? It’s iridescent white is so unique and beautiful!

If you like the mysterious color of black, I have the perfect one for you, of the black gems onyx is the most wonderful!

Surely I guessed it by now! Which one did you prefer? Please tell me! Which color’s your favorite?

Josilyn is a member of the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club, Colorado and participates in their Pebble Pup and Earth Science Scholars program. She attends high school. 

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Cave of the Winds

By Josh Hair

Ancient cave of winds

Howling through winding tunnels

Where Indians lay

Balanced Rock

By Jon Hair

Rain, snow, sleet nor hail

No force weakens its resolve

Balanced, will prevail

Balanced Rock in Garden of the Gods

Rainbow Falls

 By Ben Elick


Unchanged over time

Worshiped by all natives

Hurt by graffiti


Sunday, September 26, 2021

Fluorite: Mineral of the Month at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry

 By Ben Elick, CSMS Junior Member 

This fluorite specimen was found outside of Cripple Creek, on the Shelf Road. These massive* specimens of purple fluorite can be found throughout a greater area, known as the Cripple Creek Mining District. The fluorite from the district can be found in massive form or in crystalline form, with light to dark purple colors. This fluorite is often referred to simply as Cripple Creek fluorite because of its abundant presence in the district. Finding this fluorite while mining was often met with excitement, as gold-rich tellurium minerals form in veins near the purple fluorite. Purple fluorite was a likely indication of gold-bearing minerals, although fluorite specimens that did not contain gold-bearing minerals were considered worthless. Therefore, these specimens would commonly be discarded in the mine dumps along with the other waste rock. 

Figure 1. The Shelf Road fluorite specimen is on display at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. The specimen may have been brought to the Shelf Road area through the development of the Roosevelt Tunnel that drained water from the district mines. Photo Kaitlyn McGann. 

Figure 2. View of the top of the fluorite specimen. Scale for size. Photo by Kaitlyn McGann.


* Massive - minerals found with no internal structure or habit

About the author: Ben Elick is a junior member of the CSMS and former Pebble Pup. He is now one of the instructors of the Pebble Pup and Earth Science program. He volunteers at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry and recently helped finish the digitization of the historic photos at the Cripple Creek District Museum. 

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

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.