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Nov 22, 2013 8:15 AM

Ambergris???

I found this hard clay like rock on my stroll along beach it has a sandalwood /fishfood /leathery kind of smell it is really cool the smell has worn off a little as dry now. I wonder if it is ambergris???/

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    Nov 22, 2013 8:07 PM (in response to Jessica84)
    Re: Ambergris???

    Jessica,

     

    I think you could be right.

     

    Break a bit off and put it into water in an old container suitable for heating on a stove.

    Put a thermometer into the water (one that goes to at least 100C - not a medical one).

    Heat the water and watch the temperature and the lump.

    If it is ambergris, it should melt at about 62 °C to a fatty, yellow resinous liquid.

    That should be a good enough test. But if you like, you could keep heating the water.

    If it is ambergris, at 100 °C (that is, as the water boils) it should evaporate as a white vapour (best not to breathe it).

    You could also try setting fire to a lump of it; it should burn with a luminous flame.

    (temperatures from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambergris)

     

    You can also, more easily, test it as in the following page

    - http://www.ambregris.net/information.htm

     

    Let us know!

     

    Mike

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