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Obsidian is a beautiful volcanic glass that forms when molten rock material cools very rapidly, and was a favourite among ancient people worldwide for creating tools. It forms on the earth’s surface along the edges of a volcanic dome or lava flow, such as where lava contacts water or cool air. It is most commonly opaque black but can occur in many variations such as brown, purple and green – as well as some other colours – usually caused by trace elements or other inclusions. Obsidian is found in many locations across the globe, confined to areas of geologically recent volcanic activity. It is rare to find any obsidian older than a few million years because the glassy rock is destroyed by we

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