TITLE

Amber

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Amber, a fossil resin. It was formed millions of years ago from a sticky fluid that oozed from the bark of evergreen trees, such as pine. Amber often contains the preserved bodies of insects that were caught and embedded in it. Amber is a soft, brittle material, and is usually yellow, orange, or brown. Most amber is transparent or translucent and takes a fine polish. Attractive pieces of amber are used for jewelry, ornaments, and pipestems. Low-quality amber is used to make varnish. The world's major deposits of high-quality amber lie along the southern shores of the Baltic Sea.
ACCESSION #
37310318

 

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