Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 577

Corsi 577, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 577  
Name and quarry location: Verde ragano dell'Elba, from the island of Elba, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Serpentinised peridotite with clear dextral shear fabric and augen up to a centimetre across.  
Comments: 'Verde ragano' means green lizard, alluding to the markings on this stone. Serpentinites form part of ophiolite complexes on Elba and various other places in the Italian Alps. They can be difficult to distinguish, one from another.  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 7. Serpentines; ii. Common serpentines  
Corsi's text: 147.2 Verde ragano dell'Elba  

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