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Ganister with plant debris
Date Made/Found: Westphalian A
Place Object Found: Holmesfield
Department: Earth Sciences
Accession Number: 1989.704
This specimen of Ganister was found near Holmesfield. Ganister is believed to be the fossil remains of an ancient sandy soil. The remains of plants can be seen within this specimen. These are probably plant roots which were growing through the soil hundreds of millions of years ago. In the past, Ganinster was mined to be used as a material to line furnaces. In Sheffield, it was particularly important as a lining of Bessemer Convertors and crucial for the production of high quality steel.
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