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RED SERPENTINE - Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

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SERPENTINE    Carved and polished

Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

Set of three miniature lighthouses made from one of Britain’s most beautiful rocks, a rock with a dramatic history.

 
These three carvings are from the more unusual 'red' variety of serpentine.  They are beautifully made and in 'mint' condition.


Serpentine is a remarkable rock. In the early Devonian period, 400 million years ago, there was an great ocean to the south of Cornwall called the Rheic Ocean.  One hundred million years later this ocean disappeared as the ocean crust was ‘subducted’ down into the Earth’s mantle.  However, a slice of this crust, and part of the mantle, got accidentally caught up in the collision zone and millions of years of erosion have now exposed these rocks at the surface in what is now the Lizard Peninsula, which makes it a geologically unique part of Britain.  The altered mantle material is called serpentinite or serpentine.

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Size:  Three sizes: approximately 14, 12 and 6.8 centimetres high.
Weight: 660 grams (total weight)


Price for set of three

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