Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 1000, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 1000  
Name and quarry location: Granito delle Alpi, from the Alps; or perhaps from Elba, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Breccia of calcite marble, limestone, serpentine, and metagabbro clasts, with a single large metagabbro clast forming the greater part of the specimen.  
Comments: The large clast is one of the stones (metadiorites or metagabbros) in Corsi's collection that would in the past have been called eufotide (euphotide). They come from Genoa, Elba and various other localities. An almost identical specimen in the Chatsworth collections is said to be from the Isle of Elba, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy.  
References: Price (2007) 196; Repetti (1833) v2:139, v3:387-389  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 16. Granites; ii. Italian granites  
Corsi's text: 216.56/ S28.4 Altro dello stesso luogo [Granito delle Alpi]  

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