Water and Air Bubble Inclusions in Dominican Amber

Many of the bubbles in amber are either air or water or both. How the water and air got there is a matter of speculation, but it may include rain and moving sap. Dominican Amber is pegged at 20 to 30 million years old, some a bit older, hence the water and air inside the inclusions is from about this time frame.

BUBBLE

Moving Air bubble amber inclusion in Dominican amber with insects

Moving Air bubble amber inclusion in Dominican amber

In this case, we don’t only have a large air bubble but it is moving in a large water cell in front of a large leaf, probably one of the ancient algarroba tree (hymenaea protera) which is the amber tree of the Caribbean.

Moving Air bubble amber inclusion

Moving Air bubble amber inclusion in Dominican amber with insects

And -as if this were not enough- we have several insects, between more leaves, small branches and more bubbles.