160 million years old amber found in Taimyr

160 million years old amber found in Taimyr

April 21, 2023

A fragment of a Jurassic pine tree from the Chelyuskin peninsula is kept in the Dudinka museum’s funds.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The funds of the Taimyr Museum of Local Lore contain samples of amber from three regions of the peninsula that are very remote from each other – the Syndassko village vicinity, the Maimeche river mouth and the Chelyuskin peninsula.

The most unique and ancient exhibit is a fragment of a fossilized Jurassic pine trunk from the Chelyuskin peninsula. On its transverse cleavage, resin ducts with bright yellow amber droplets, which formed about 160–170 million years ago, are clearly visible.

Amber is the fossilized resin of ancient trees. The geography of where it is found is very extensive and includes many regions of the planet, as well as the Taimyr territory. The first mention of amber finds on our peninsula can be found in literary sources of the 18th century. Dolgans living in the Hatanga river basin called it frankincense.

“Numerous toponyms testify to the extensive geography of fossil resin finds: Amber stream, Amber tract, Amber mountain. Even today they can be found on large-scale topographic maps of the region”, Taimyr museum workers note.

Earlier, the Amber Love amber workshop head, artist and jeweler Natalya Shevchenko told the Norilsk people about amber nature, its origin and place in the modern world.

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Text: Marina Horoshevskaya, Photo: Taimyr Museum of Local Lore

April 21, 2023

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