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SERPENTINE VASE - Lizard, Cornwall

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SERPENTINE    
Small polished vase of serpentine

Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

(second hand item)

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. 

This lovely item is in very good condition but there is an extremely small chip in the rim (not noticeable).


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Size:  5 centimetres diameter by 8 centimetres tall
Weight: 166 grams

PRICE: £17.00
Sorry, this item has been sold or is out of stock
SERPENTINE VASE -  Lizard, Cornwall
SERPENTINE VASE -  Lizard, Cornwall SERPENTINE VASE -  Lizard, Cornwall SERPENTINE VASE -  Lizard, Cornwall SERPENTINE VASE -  Lizard, Cornwall