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Idaho State Nickname

Idaho geology & topography - click to see all state nicknames
Idaho geology and topography map courtesy of USGS:
A Tapestry of Time and Terrain. See All State Nicknames.

"The Gem State"

Idaho's nickname is The Gem State because of its abundance of natural resources and scenic areas that include snow-capped mountain ranges, rapids, vast lakes and steep canyons. The waters of Snake River rush through Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in the United States. Shoshone Falls plunges down rugged cliffs from a height greater than that of Niagara Falls.

Star garnet (Idaho stategem) - click to see all state gems
Idaho state gem - star garnet (raw and finished);
photo © Bruce Reichert /
Idaho Public Television - Geology of Idaho

The mountains of Idaho contain veins of gold, silver, lead, zinc, cobalt, copper, and many other rare minerals. Among these rare minerals are gems - star garnets (the state gem), jasper, opal, jade, topaz, zircon, and tourmaline.

Source:
Idaho State Symbols: Idaho.gov
Idaho - A Portrait - Geology of Idaho: Idaho Public Television
Idaho: Wikipedia
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