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COTHAM MARBLE (POLISHED END PIECE) - 200 million years old - Bristol

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COTHAM LANDSCAPE MARBLE

The classic British landscape marble from the Bristol district


Polished end piece

200 million years old

Cotham marble is a rare decorative stone found only in the Bristol district.  The unique landscape effect is due to the growth of algae in shallow water on an ancient shoreline 200 million years ago.  On some polished pieces the resemblance to a line of hedges and trees is uncanny. 

Cotham marble is named after the suburb of Bristol where it was first found.
 
Colonies of algae such as these are called stromatolites. They were among the first organisms to have lived on Earth.

This piece is the end of a boulder and has one polished face.

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Size:  11.5 x 8 x 4.5 centimetres
Weight: 544 grams

PRICE: £30.00