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Saguaro Lake and the distant Four Peaks, along the Salt River (Rio Salado) near Mesa, Arizona.

   Looking northeast from a high spot along Saguaro Lake, near Apache Junction, Arizona, you can see Four Peaks in the background, along the skyline.  If you notice that this mountain can be seen in many of the photos on our interactive Superstition Mountains Map, that is because it is the most prominent summit in the region.
   The more nearby rocks on the other side of the lake are on the left, and on the right, age volcanic rocks left over from  cataclysmic explosions of massive volcanic several miles to the southeast.
   Four Peaks (elevation 7657 feet; 2334 meters) can also be seen from many places in Phoenix, Mesa, and Scottsdale.  The peaks are made of , resting upon , and are the source of Four Peaks Amethyst, a vivid purple, natural precious stone.  The mine is located just below the meeting of the two highest points of the mountain.
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   See the GeoHistory page if you want to know more about why the landscape looks the way it does, or return to the map of "The Superstition Mountains" for more view locations.
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Read this GeoStory™:

"Pendants Big and Small"

Arizona's Four Peaks is geology upside down.
And you can even wear a piece of it!

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  There are 2 views in this sequence (so far) -- this is scene #1.
  You can read the tale of how Four Peaks formed in my GeoStory™ (PDF version) called "Pendants Big and Small".  There are more GeoStories available, too.
Four Peaks Amethyst is a specialty of GemLand (R).
  Above is a nice example of Four Peaks , cut into a trillion shaped gemstone.  This gem is one of GemLand's specialties!  See our Gemology section for more information, and how to purchase.

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