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By A.J. Roan
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Fingerprints of the Earth in obsidian

Volcanic glass was one of the first rocks mined by Man; its history adds to the necessity of mining as a species, evolution North of 60 Mining News – August 5, 2022

 

Last updated 9/3/2022 at 11:30am

A see-through shard of obsidian, showing its glass-like quality.

National Park Service/Andy Tremayne

Despite its fragile appearance, obsidian, or volcanic glass, has been used for thousands of years as a crucial tool for survival.

Unlike the European prospectors seeking the gold, silver, copper, and the New World's wealth of other metals, oftentimes First Nations, Native Americans, and Indigenous peoples throughout North America sought a different rock that was precious to their very survival, obsidian.

From as far north as the Gates of the Arctic national park to as far south as the Gulf of California, and even eastward...



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