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Geographic Occurrence of Amber

Amber in the United States

A dark amber could be found in Kansas in the lignite beds along the Smoky Hill River, Ellsworth County, but the beds are no longer accessible because of the Kanopolis Reservior. Less than 50 pounds were found before the area was flooded. This amber was discovered by George Jelinek and is referred to as jelinite. An interesting article featuring Kansas amber, Bacteria and protists from Middle Cretaceous amber of Ellsworth County, Kansas (page down), is by Benjamin M. Waggoner, when he was associated with the Dept. of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley, USA. Learn more about Kansas Amber, an interesting fossil resin, that is extremely rare, very brittle, and not obviously fossiliferous. If you read Polish, go to a Kansas Amber article at http://www.geo.uw.edu.pl/JEWELLER/13PJ/11burszt.pdf, by Barbara Kosmowska-Ceranowicz and Susan Ward Aber, that appeared in the Polski Jubiler, the Polish Jeweller.

Other states in which amber has been found include:

Amber in the Baltic Region

The Baltic Sea region has been the original source for amber since Prehistoric times. Although it is not known exactly when Baltic amber was first used, it can be linked to the Stone Age populations. Amber of Baltic origin was found in Egyptian tombs that date back to 3200 B.C., establishing the archeological barter and trade routes. Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have some 100 Neolithic burial sites in which amber is included. European sea trade was dominated by the Vikings from 800-1000 A.D., with the "gold from the north", and Scandinavia continues to be a major exporter of amber today. For information may be found on amber archeology and trade routes on the recovery page.

A map showing a region, from Poland east through Russia, displays some of the important sites for Baltic amber today.

The Baltic region includes localities in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Frisian Islands, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. Other localities for Baltic amber include the Czech and Slovak Republics, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom. Amber also comes from many parts of Asia (what is called Chinese amber is a pale color to a red and heavily crazed).

Other Amber Sites

Reference

Laur, M., Lukas, T., Maesalu, A., Pujur, Tannberg, T. (2000). History of Estonia. Tallinnn, Estonia: Avita.

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