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Elaterite (also known as Aeonite,[1] 'elastic bitumen' , 'mineral caoutchouc' or Wurtzilite) is a brown hydrocarbon varying somewhat in consistency, being sometimes soft, elastic and sticky, like India rubber, and occasionally hard and brittle. It is usually dark brown in color and slightly translucent. A substance of similar physical character is found at sites around the Coorong lagoon in South Australia, and is hence termed coorongite.[2]

Occurrence in nature[edit]

Strawberry, Utah, USA: Occurs in the Indian Canyon, Sams Canyon, Dry Fork, and Lake canyon, tributaries of the Strawberry river in Duchesne County, it occurs in vertical veins from one to twenty-two inches wide, twenty to two hundred feet high, and a maximum length of three and one quarter miles" [3] Also flows from the ground in a soft elastic form at various locations along the Strawberry River

Castleton in Derbyshire: Windy Knoll Cave. The lead mines of Odin.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Aeonite". Retrieved 2012-04-07.
  2. ^ Chisholm 1911, p. 160.
  3. ^ The hydrocarbon Field of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah on the Projected Line of the Denver, Northwestern, and Pacific Railroad, page 26

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