The Rock That Floats

The confusion arises as follows: […] One finds the amber in the sea of India, but no one knows where it comes from. One only knows that the best Amber is the one found at Berbera (East Coast of Africa) and up to the ends of the land of the Zang, and also at Sihr and its surroundings. That amber has the shape of an egg and is gray. The people of that region go to find it, riding on camels during the moon-lit nights; they follow the coasts. They ride camels who are trained for that and who know how to look for amber on the coast. When the camel finds a piece of amber, it kneels down and its owner goes to collect it. One also finds pieces of...

Dominican Amber Mines Feb28

Dominican Amber Mine...

Let’s play word association. I say a word and you try to think of all the words that come to mind. Ready? Here it goes. “Amber Mine.” Excavation. Hole in the ground. Shafts. Dirty-faced miners. Trolley. Shovels. Lamps on helmets. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Okay, I don’t know where...

That’s as far as the...

I promise I will refrain from making any snail jokes that involve their speed, or lack thereof. It’s a tired cliché and overused. So I will ‘slip’ straight into the subject at hand: Snails in Blue Amber. Gastropoda Snails are second to insects only in abundance of number of species. They are...

The Amberboy Strikes...

From Taipei, Taiwan we proudly present: The “Amberboy” This artist does not want to reveal more about himself than his alias. He really has an unique eye. Besides detailed delicate carvings – typical Chinese miniature style – he has taken unique approaches in combining amber with...

Right-To-Left, if yo...

Have you seen this movie about DNA in amber that could recreate Dinosaurs, so they could break loose and feast on skeptics? You may have heard of it. No way to measure the age of DNA? Indeed there is. It’s called Amino Acid Racemization (AAR) and it’s not as bad as it sounds. As stated...