- Andes Mountains in Colombia, South America (<1000 years old).
Typically the fossil resin (amber) is called copal if it's not older than 2-20 million years (range).
But distinguishing between copal and amber is a contentious issue amongst members of the amber community.
There is no scaling system for assessing polymerization against age. This is because too many external
factors affect the rate of molecular linking and consequently a variable rate does not lend its self
to a linear time assessment system. Because of this the nomenclature of resin, copal and amber is not
an absolute science yet. Significant copal deposits exist in Columbia, South America in the Santander
province. This material is less than 1000 years old.
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