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Tasmanite is a sedimentary rock type almost entirely consisting of the prasinophyte alga Tasmanites. It is commonly associated with high-latitude, nutrient-rich, marginal marine settings find in Tasmania.[1] It is classified as marine type oil shale.[2] It is found in many oil-prone source rocks and, when present, contributes to the oil generation potential of the rock. Some sources also produce a red-brown translucent material similar to amber which has also been called tasmanite.

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  1. ^ Peters, K.E., C.C. Walters & P.J. Mankiewicz, 2006, Evaluation of kinetic uncertainty in numerical models of petroleum generation, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, 90, 387–403.
  2. ^ Hutton, A.C. 1987. Petrographic classification of oil shales // Intern. J. Coal Geol. 1987. Vol. 8. P. 203–231.