Minerals

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General Information

Amber

Amber is fossilized resin. It is mainly found in the countries around the Eastsea and comes from the pinetrees that stood there in prehistoric times. Many times insects are found inside the amber. They got stuck in the resin when it was still a liquid. The insects and the resin then fossilize. Because all organic compounds are changed into inorganic compounds, it is impossible to take DNA from the blood of insects like they did in Jurassic Park.[1]

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Chemical & Physical Information

Trivial NameAmber
Chemical NameCalcium Carbonate
Chemical FormulaC10H16O, H2S
Density1,05-1,096 g·cm-3
Molar mass?
Hardness2-2,5
Crytal systemAmorphous
Unit cell?
Crystal habit?
FractureConchoidal
Cleavage?
ColourYellow, orange, red or black.
LusterGlass
StreakWhite
OpacityTransparent to translucent
SafetySafe
ExtraCan contain fossilized animal or plant rests.
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Photos

Amber

(1 cm)

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Sources

[1] Wikipedia

[2] Specimen from my personal collection, photo taken by me.