Copalite

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Description

A fossil resin similar to copal but obtained from temperate regions. Copalite was obtained from the blue clay of Highland Hill near London, England and has also been found in the low-grade coals of Utah. It occurs as pale yellow, irregular fragments.

Synonyms and Related Terms

copaline; Highgate resin; Highland Hill copal

Other Properties

Burns with a very smoky yellow flame.

Mohs Hardness 1.5
Melting Point 165
Density 1.046

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 128
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Website address 1 Comment: "Copal of Zanzibar" at www.carriagemuseumlibrary.org/copal_zanzibar.htm
  • Website address 2 Comment: "Types of Amber, Copal & Resin" at www.gplatt.demon.co.uk/typesof.htm