Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 601, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 601  
Name and quarry location: 'Serpentina dell'Elba', from the island of Elba, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Metaperidotite, mainly actinolite, but with minor opaque oxide, cut by greyish veins.  
Comments: This is from one of the ophiolite complexes on Elba, and although it is not a serpentinite, it could easily be mistaken for one. Examination under a microscope shows the green colouring is largely confined to fibrous masses of actinolite crystals.  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 7. Serpentines; ii. Common serpentines  
Corsi's text: 150.26 Serpentina dell'Elba  

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