Amber

color photo of amber sample

Hardness: 2 to 2.5

Amber is not a true mineral. It is a hard, brittle fossil resin derived from coniferous trees. It is usually yellow to brown in color and translucent to transparent. It often encloses insects and other organisms.

small drawing of Kansas map with Ellsworth County highlighted in red

The sample pictured above is from Ellsworth County, Kansas

Sources

Jackson, Julia A., editor, 1997, Glossary of Geology (Fourth Edition): Alexandria, Virginia, American Geological Institute, 769 p.

Unless noted otherwise, illustrations by Jennifer Sims, Kansas Geological Survey; photographs by John Charlton, Kansas Geological Survey; text by Liz Brosius, Kansas Geological Survey.

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