Sunday, 1 July 2018

Amber Is Myanmar's new Gold

The morning amber market on the outskirts of Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state, throngs with traders scrutinizing pieces of fossilised tree sap. The jade and ruby industries dwarf the amber trade, but the resin can still fetch big sums. Trader Myo Swe's speciality are "inclusions", sap that has trapped parts of plants, animals and even dinosaurs before hardening into amber -- history suspended inside the resin.
Amber, historically coveted as jewellery by nobility from China to ancient Greece, enjoyed a revival in popular culture thanks to the 1990s hit movie "Jurassic Park". The amber mining area in Kachin is the only Cretaceous period amber mining site in the world that is still engaged in commercial mining. A feathered dinosaur tail was found last year that dated back some 99 million years.
See ----->Amber
See ----->Blue Amber