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Copal is a tree resin fossil which is younger than [[amber]] and is sometimes used as an amber simulant.
 
Copal is a tree resin fossil which is younger than [[amber]] and is sometimes used as an amber simulant.
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[[Image:SWAMP KAURI GUM.JPG|thumb|left|240px|Kauri gum,<br /> New Zealand (20,000 - 36,000 years in age) <br />]]
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Copal constants are similar to amber but is softened by ether.<br />
 
Copal constants are similar to amber but is softened by ether.<br />

Revision as of 18:25, 9 August 2009

Copal is a tree resin fossil which is younger than amber and is sometimes used as an amber simulant.

Kauri gum,
New Zealand (20,000 - 36,000 years in age)

Copal image gallery

Copal constants are similar to amber but is softened by ether.
Its surface is crazed and is very sectile (crumbles easily under the knife blade).


Diagnostics

Magnification

Copal occasionally contains insects.

Occurrence

Copal is mainly found in East Africa and South America.