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"Home means Nevada" to BRISTLECONE INSPIRATION. Our inspirations are very specific to THE BATTLE BORN STATE.
 
 
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No wonder and symbolic Silver State takes a special place in our hearts, but we don't focus on the Sin City's fun industry by mentioning that :).
 

 

 

 
Nevada has an official state tree: Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva), a.k.a. Intermountain or Great Basin Pine, which is considered one of the oldest living individual (non-clonal) organisms on earth. The state is a vast home to amazing Bristlecone Pines (Pinus longaeva) which also grow in CA and UT and nowhere else in the world. Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine (Pinus aristata), the very close species with trivial differences grow in CO, NM, AZ and nowhere else. The two species never grow intermixed.
 

 

 

 

 
50% of the country's Mustangs (Feral Horses) run free in high desert of Nevada and they are featured in Nevada's state quarter. That's incredible! There's a long story about those graceful creatures as they had an important role of expansion to the West. Sadly, they are in great danger today. The army of Wild Horse lovers is huge and that keeps a hope for the best alive.
 

 

 

 

 
Baltic Amber (Succinite) is found in Europe along the Baltic sea coast. It is another nature's miracle causing our tongue fails us. Wood resin is the material time turns to amber under favorable conditions.
 

 

 

 
The above image of butterscotch color fresh sticky resin is a detail of upper part of the below Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) image captured in Eastern Nevada. (Pictures by R.V. Byenes)
 

 

 

 
However, there is no any single fact of amber originated from Bristlecone Pine resin. And it is more science fiction than serious hypothesis if somebody gives that idea. Here It is more our sentimental contemplation than any sort of proposition based on science. On the other hand, who can deny it does exist in tiny quantities?  We appeal to a fact fossils of a Foxtail-like species found in ID, NV, NM and CO stated in "The Bristlecone Book" (Pg. 16) by Ronald M. Lanner: "So it appears that species of the Foxtail group have been living in these western mountains for more than 40 million years." Time is enough for tree resin becomes an amber. Tree resin totally decays if not buried in the ground. The latter necessary factor is essential for the process of amberization (fossilization) as sand and clay almost completely prevent it from penetration of oxygen and thus stop the process of oxidation. We also know that 10,000 years ago bristlecone pines still covered valleys of the Great Basin. Moreover, "Gedanite is found with Baltic amber and thought to be resin from an extinct white pine species."
 

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