A coll. of amber / Amber / Different types

"All" types of amber in the world - sort by age

Picture: Resin on the bark of a cherry tree - public domain

After much work, I have finished this list with all different types of amber (not copal) in the world. There may be types I am not aware of and therefore missing - please contact me in order for me to make a complete list. In the beginning, I wanted to upload the list as an image - but I have decided upon a table. In that way you can get it from my website and use all data - edit, modify, alter, etc.

I hope you will find all the hard work useful. If you take the list and make it available elsewhere, I would be grateful if you would please link back to my website as the source.

 
It is more accurate to note the amber for a certain period, so I chose to write down the period rather than using numbers. But if you are not trained in the names, I have made links to Wikipedia for more information about the specified period.

Search the table:
Use the search function in your browser. Example: you want to know how many types there are in USA: press on your keyboard "Ctrl" + "F" (it may be different from the various browsers) and type in "USA". Then you will discover that there are 10 different types derived from a period from about 23 to 112 MYO.
 
Pictures of different types:

A collection of pictures, which gives you the opportunity to get a sense of the different types of amber. their size, colour, texture, etc. You will also be able to use these images to confirm the authenticity of your own pieces, or compare the pictures and check the authenticity of various types of amber, for example on Ebay.

Just click on the types that are marked in blue, and you will jump down to the picture. If you have a good picture of a particular type of amber, please contact me and help to make the list (you will of course be noted with copyright).

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Types of which I do not know the age and have not able to find further evidence about. If you can confirm the "existence" (age etc.) of the following amber, I would like to hear from you.

  • Greenland: retinite found along the south-east and south-west parts of the country.
  • Massachusetts: before 1883 a 340 gram (12 oz.) specimen of amber was found on Nantucket Island in Tertiary greensand and marl formation.
  • Yorkshire: washed up on various beaches

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I could have told much about how the Earth looked when a particular type of amber was resin, but this video gives you a good sense of it. If you want to read about the period, then I recommend Wikipedia - eg. Eocene period.
here is a link to where the maps can be found in higher resolution - http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~rcb7/mollglobe.html 
- Remember that Ron Blakey has copyright on the pictures.
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Amber deposits

Age

1

Aceh (North Sumatra, Indonesian)

Lower Pliocene

2

Tukau fm. (Sarawak, Malaysia)

Lower Pliocene

3

Aukland Prov. (New Zealand)

Miocene-Pliocene

4

Luzon Island (Phillipines)

Miocene-Pliocene

5

Romania

Upper Miocene

6

Yazov (Ukraine)

Upper Miocene

7

Okanagan Highlands (British Columbia)

Lower Miocene-Middle Miocene

8

Bayaguana - El Valle (Dominican amber)

Lower Miocene

9

Merit - Pila (Malaysia)

Lower Miocene

10

 Burghammer (Lausitz, Germany)

Miocene

11

Jambi (Central Sumatra, Indonesia)

Miocene

12

Machów (Poland)

Miocene

13

Pará (Brazil)

Miocene

14

Cape York (Australia)

Miocene

15

Goitsche mine (Germany)

Upper Oligocene - Lower Miocene

16

Bitterfeld (Germany)

Upper Oligocene - Lower Miocene

17

Catania (Sicily)

Upper Oligocene

18

Santiago-P. Plata (Dominican amber)

Middle Oligocene - Miocene

19

Mexican amber (Chiapas - Simojovel)

Middle Oligocene - Miocene

20

Chilikty Fm. (Pavlodar, Kazakhstan)

Middle Oligocene

21

Chulym-Enisey basin (Siberia)

Middle Oligocene

22

Rechnoy Peninsula (Tavrichanka, Russia)

Oligocene

23

Uly-Zilansik River Basin (Kazakhstan)

Oligocene

24

Iwaidzumi-Iwate (Japan)

Oligocene

25

Korzhindy Fm. (Aral Sea, Kazakhstan)

Lower - Middle Oligocene

26

Kantemirovka (Veronezh, Russia)

Lower Oligocene

27

Colti (Buzau, Romania)

Early Oligocene

28

Ben Metir (Aïn Draham, Tunise)

Oligocene or earlier

29

Klesov (Ukraine)

Upper Eocene - Lower Oligocene

30

Uglovka Fm. (Primorye, Russia)

Eocene - Oligocene

31

Seattle (Washington, USA)

Eocene - Oligocene

32

Avekova Fm. (Magadan, Russia)

Eocene - Oligocene

33

Königsaue (Aschersleben, Germany)

Upper Eocene

34

Palmnicken (Samland, Russia)

Upper Eocene

35

Zwenkau (Leipzig, Germany)

Upper Eocene

36

Dnepr River basin (Belorussia and Ukraine)

Upper Eocene

37

Kasyanovo (Veronezh, Russia)

Upper Eocene

38

Verkhne - Sinevidnoe (Ukraine)

Upper Eocene

39

Sambian Peninsula

Upper Eocene

40

Parczew (Poland)

Early Upper Eocene

41

Shansi Prov. (China)

Middle - Upper Eocene

42

Shensi Prov. (China)

Middle - Upper Eocene

43

Kwangtung (China)

Middle - Upper Eocene

44

Yungchang (Yunnan, China)

Middle - Upper Eocene

45

Tiger Mountain Fm. (Issaquah, Washington, USA)       

Middle Eocene

46

Claibore Fm. (Acme, Malvern, Arkansas, USA)

Middle Eocene

47

Napan Fm. (Kamchatka, Russian)

Middle Eocene

48

Visloe (Belgorod, Russia)

Middle Eocene

49

Helmstedt (Germany)

Middle Eocene

50

Leonhard (Geiseltal, Germany)

Middle Eocene

51

Baltic amber (Samland Peninsula)

Lower - Middle Eocene

52

Guchenzgi Fm. (Fushun, Liaoning, China)

Eocene

53

Malverne (Arkansas, USA)

Eocene

54

Simi Valley (California, USA)

Eocene

55

Tastakh Lake (Siberia)

Eocene

56

Patagonica Fm. (Puerto Madryn, Argentina)

Lower - Middle Eocene

57

Latdorf - Nienburg (Germany)

Eocene

58

Nietleben (Halle, Germany)

Eocene

59

Ameki Fm. (Umuahia - Bende, Nigeria)

Eocene

60

Eureka Sd Grp (Axel Heiberg + Ellesmere Island, Canada)

Eocene

61

Gablitz (Wien, Austria)

Eocene

62

Douzens (Aude, France)

Lower Eocene

63

Vastan, Gujarat, Cambay (India)

Lower Eocene

64

Oise river, Le Quesnoy, Paris Basin, France

Lower Eocene

65

Hat Creek (British Columbia, Canada)

Early - Middle Eocene

66

Nanaimo (Vancouver, Canada)

Early - Middle Eocene

67

Princeton (British Columbia, Canada)

Early - Middle Eocene

68

Bykovskaya Fm. (Lena Delta, Siberia)

Palaeocene

69

Naiba River (near Urtay Creek mouth, Russia)

Palaeocene

70

Sakhalin Island (Russian Far East)

Palaeocene

71

London Clay Fm. (UK)

Palaeocene

72

Wabamun Lake (Alberta, Canada)

Palaeocene

73

Corbie'res (Pirenean, France)

Danian

74

Lance Fm. (Niobrara, Wyoming, USA)

Upper Maastrichtian

75

Hell Creek Fm. (Glendive, Montana)

Upper Maastrichtian

76

Laramie Fm. (Boulder, Colorado)

Upper Maastrichtian

77

Timmerdyankh - Khaya Hill (Yakutia, Russia)

Maastrichtian - Danian

78

Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)

Maastrichtian

79

Grande Prairie (Alberta, Canada)

Maastrichtian

80

Vilada (Barcelona, Spain)

Maastrichtian

81

Terlingua Formation (Brewster County, Texas)

Late Campanian - Early Maastrichtian

82

Fruitland Fm. (San Juan Basin, New Mexico)

Campanian

83

Cedar Lake (Manitoba, Canada)

Campanian

84

Foremost Fm. (Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada)

Campanian

85

Baja California (Mexico)

Campanian

86

Dinosaur Prov. Park (Patricia, Alberta, Canada)

Campanian

87

Taber (Alberta, Canada)

Campanian

88

Taneichi and Kunitan Fms. (Kuji, Japan)

Campanian

89

Wainright (Alaska)

Campanian

90

Yantardakh (Khatanga, Russia)

Late Santonian

91

Maymecha River Siberia

Santonian

92

Merchantville Fm. (New Jersey, USA)

Santonian - Campanian

93

Baikura - Neru Bay (Taimyr, Russia)

Coniacian - Santonian

94

Kheta Fm. (Khatanga, Russia)

Coniacian - Santonian

95

Gorchuchaj river (Laéinskij, Azerbaijan)

Coniacian

96

Shawarshawan (Armenia)

Coniacian

97

Koti (Noemberyan, Armenia)

Coniacian

98

Mamalichay river basin (Azerbaijan)

Coniacian

99

Tamagawa Fm. (Okawame - Kuji, Japan)

Late Cretaceous

100

Arctic Coastal Plain and Foothills, Yukon Delta

Late Cretaceous

101

Arctic Coastal Plain and Foothills, Umnak Islands        

Late Cretaceous

102

Arctic Coastal Plain and Foothills, Unalaska

Late Cretaceous

103

Arctic Coastal Plain and Foothills, Killik Bend

Late Cretaceous

104

Ajka (Hungary)

Upper Cretaceous

105

Magothy Fm. (Maryland, USA)

Turonian - Coniacian

106

Bouches-du-Rhöne (France)

 Turonian

107

Ledyanaya Fm. (Khatanga, Russia)

Turonian

108

Raritan Fm. (New Jersey, USA)

Turonian

109

Kiya and Simonovo Fm. (Chylym - Enisey, Siberia)        

Cenomanian - Turonian

110

Arkagala Fm. (Magadan, Russia)

Cenomanian - Turonian

111

Timmerdyakh Fm. (Siberia) Yakutia

Cenomanian - Turonian

112

Ethiopia (Africa)

Cenomanian

113

Dolgan Fm. (Agapa, Russia)

Upper Cenomanian

114

Seward (Nebraska)

Upper Cretaceous

115

Taimyrskoje lake (Taimyr, Russia)

Upper Cretaceous

116

Lena (Yakutia, Russia)

Upper Cretaceous

117

Arctic Institute Islands (Karsk Sea, Taimyr)

Upper Cretaceous

118

Baigul Fm. (Olov, Chita, Russia)

Upper Cretaceous

119

Grassy Lake (Alberta, Canada)

Upper Cretaceous

120

Adzikend (Azerbaijan)

Cenomanian

121

Agapa river (Tajmyr)

Cenomanian

122

Angoulëmes (Aquitanian Basin, France)

Cenomanian

123

Anjou region (France)

Cenomanian

124

Bezonnais, Durtal and Fouras (France)

Cenomanian

125

Bezonnais, Durtal and Fouras (France)

Cenomanian

126

Salignac (Alpes, France)

Cenomanian

127

Hukawng Valley (Myitkyina, Myanmar) Burmese

Cenomanian

128

La Monjoya Fm. (Asturias, Spain)

Lower - Middle Cenomanian

129

El Caleyu Fm. (Asturias, Spain)

Lower Cenomanian

130

Murovdag Range (Azerbaidzhan)

Lower Cenomanian

131

Ullaga Fm. (Asturias, Spain)

Upper Albian

132

Begichev (Uts - Enisey, Russia)

Albian - Cenomanian

133

Charente (France)

Albian - Cenomanian

134

Ellsworth County - Kanopolis Lake (Kansas) USA

Albian - Cenomanian

135

Aabediyé (Central Lebanon)

Albian

136

Khetana river (Khabarovsk, Russia)

Albian

137

Wadi Zerka (Amman, Jordan)

Albian

138

Ensenada del Camello (Santander, Spain)

Albian

139

Escucha Fm. (Rubielos de Mora and others, Spain)

Lower - Middle Albian

140

Nograro Fm. (Pen‹acerrada, Spain)

Lower - Middle Albian

141

Crato Fm. (Araripe, Brazil)

Upper Aptian - Lower Albian

142

Caza Aaley (Central Lebanon)

Upper Aptian

143

Hammana 3 (Central Lebanon)

Upper Aptian

144

Ogneva Fm. (Khatanga, Russia)

Aptian - Albian

145

Reocín (Cantabria, Spain)

Aptian - Albian

146

Yakovleva (Taimyr, Russia)

Aptian - Albian

147

Stary Oskol (Belgorod, Russia)

Aptian

148

Hadath El Joubbeh (Lebanon North)

Early Aptian

149

Hammana 3 (Central Lebanon)

Early Aptian

150

Jezzine 3 (South Lebanon)

Early Aptian

151

Morella (Castelló, Spain)

Early Aptian

152

Wessex Fm. (Isle of Wight, UK)

Early Barremian

153

Patuxent Fm. (Atlantic Coastal Plain)

Barremian

154

Mont Liban localities (Central Lebanon)

Upper Neocomian (Hauterivian)

155

Kimigahama Fm. (Nagasaki-Chõshi, Japan)

Hauterivian

156

Bloudan (Syria)

Hauterivian

157

Viena and Salzburg (Austria)

Hauterivian

158

Kirkwood Fm. (Eastern Cape Prov. South Africa)

Middle - Upper Valanginian

159

Mont Hermon (Qiryat Chmouma, Israel)

Valanginian - Hauterivian

160

Amber in Dorset, Kent and Sussex (UK)

Valanginian

161

Hammana 1 and 2 (Central Lebanon)

Middle Neocomian

162

Jezzine 1 and 2 (South Lebanon)

Middle Neocomian

163

Mont Liban localities (Central Lebanon)

Middle Neocomian

164

Quanat and Bcharre (North Lebanon)

Middle Neocomian

165

Mont Liban localities (Central Lebanon)

Lower Neocomian

166

Moravske Trebove (Czekoslovaquia)

Cretaceous

167

Boskovice (Moravia, Czekoslovaquia)

Cretaceous

168

Golling (Salzbourg, Austria)

Lower Cretaceous

169

Shaum’anowskij region (Azerbaijan)

Lower Cretaceous

170

Suyfun basin (Primorye, Russia)

Lower Cretaceous

171

Cortina d'Ampezzo,Dolomite (Southern Alps, Italy)

Lower Carnian – Upper Ladinian

  

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Pictures of different types of amber
 

A collection of pictures which gives you the opportunity of getting a sense of the different types of amber.Their size, color, texture, etc. You will be able to use these images to confirm the authenticity of your own pieces, or to check the authenticity of various types of amber eg. on ebay by comparing the picures.

This collection of images has been developed in cooperation with collectors all over the world, and I am very grateful for all the help. It is nice being able to work together to disseminate the available knowledge about amber.

 

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1
Aceh (North Sumatra, Indonesian) 
Lower Pliocene 
The amber excavated from a Tutut formation somewhere in West Aceh area of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. © Mohammad Iskandar Bin Marzuki
2

Tukau fm. (Sarawak, Malaysia) 

Lower Pliocene 
© Mohammad Iskandar Bin Marzuki
11

 Jambi (Central Sumatra, Indonesia)

 Miocene
© Mohammad Iskandar Bin Marzuki
46
Claibore Fm. (Acme, Malvern, Arkansas, USA)
Eocene
© Mohammad Iskandar Bin Marzuki
 
52
Guchenzgi Fm. (Fushun, Liaoning, China)
Eocene
© Mohammad Iskandar Bin Marzuki
 
64
Oise river, Le Quesnoy, Paris Basin, France
 Lower Eocene
© Mohammad Iskandar Bin Marzuki
 
108
Raritan Fm. (New Jersey, USA)
Turonian
© Anders Leth Damgaard                                                                                        Click on the pictures
© Anders Leth Damgaard
 

171

Cortina d'Ampezzo,Dolomite (Southern Alps, Italy)

Lover Carnian - Upper Ladinian
© Mohammad Iskandar Bin Marzuki
 
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