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Dominican Amber (La Toca Fm., 20.43-13.65 Ma)


A rare and very unusual specimen, weighing 10.0g and measuring (mm) 40x31x20. Most dominican amber is transparent to translucent, yet this specimen is more akin in appearance to the "butterscotch" variety of Baltic amber; I have not determined if the turbidity is due to microscopic air bubbles, or organic inclusions, though it is most likely the former. This type of dominican amber is sometimes seen as a thin layer/flow overlying transparent material, but this specimen is mostly whole, and it's unaltered exterior does not indicate to its having overlain any previous flows. I uncovered this piece while cleaning a 2kg lot of mine-direct material.


© Kaegen Lau

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Fossil Amber and Copal: Worldwide Localities

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  • Taken with SAMSUNG SAMSUNG WB35F/WB36F/WB37F
  • Focal Length 4.3 mm
  • Exposure Time 1/29
  • f Aperture f/3.1
  • ISO Speed 200

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