• Hydrocarbon (form Bitumen) on Calcite
  • Hydrocarbon (form Bitumen) on Calcite
  • Hydrocarbon (form Bitumen) on Calcite

Hydrocarbon (form Bitumen) on Calcite

ID: CC16893
A rich specimen of what is commonly termed Bitumen, a highly viscous form of Hydrocarbon both on and in opaque creamy-white Calcite rhombohedron. From Pennerley mine at Shelve, south of Minsterley, now classified as in the Callow Hill-Bog District of Shropshire, England.  Such hydrocarbons, which are frequently observed in ore bodies along the west coast of England, are most likely derived from oil deposits deep beneath the Irish and Celtic Seas.  The Bitumen forms a lustrous opaque jet-black coating.  An excellent example of this Hydrocarbon.

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5.8 × 4.1 × 3.0 cm
Oxides and Hydroxides
Pennerley Mine, Shelve, Minsterley, Callow Hill-Bog District, Shropshire, England

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