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ELATERITE

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Originally appearing in Volume V09, Page 160 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ELATERITE, also termed ELASTIC BITUMEN and MINERAL CAOUTCxouc, a mineral hydrocarbon, which occurs at Castleton in Derbyshire, in the lead mines of Odin and elsewhere. It varies somewhat in consistency, being sometimes soft, elastic and sticky; often closely resembling india-rubber; and occasion-ally hard and brittle. It is usually dark brown in colour and slightly translucent. A substance of similar physical character is found in the Coorong district of South Australia, and is hence termed coorongite, but Prof. Ralph Tate considers this to be a vegetable product.
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