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Flint beats amber in the choice of a national stone


Flint was just elected national stone of Lithuania, having beaten amber by a narrow margin. The voters for the national stone included visitors at the Day of Geology 2015, visitors of the website of the Lithuanian Geological Society, as well as participants at the congress of the Society held in November 2014.

Flint happens to be hard, yet fragile rock of shell fracture. To quote Jonas Satkūnas, director of the Lithuanian Geological Survey, its veins and lumps are common in carbonised rock of different age; on the surface; however, flint is to be found in moraines and gravel compounds.

Nationwide, lumps of flint are common in chalky clods formed in the exposures of Nemunas, Merkys, and Jiesia Rivers. A large number of this type of lumps or fragments is to be found in the fields, gravel compounds, and riversides of Lazdijai, Varėna, and Šalčininkai districts. Marl of flint chalk is especially common in the lumps of Varėna district.

Since the time immemorial, until the Iron Age, flint was used for manufacture of cutters, chisels, axes, arrow heads, spear heads; and later, for production of firing pins, millstones, and other tools.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas