Gilsonite is a Natural, resinous hydrocarbon. This natural asphalt is similar to hard petroleum asphalt and is often called a natural asphalt, asphaltite, uintaite, or Asphaltum. Gilsonite is soluble in aromatic and aliphatic solvents, as well as petroleum asphalt. Due to its unique compatibility, Gilsonite is frequently used to harden softer petroleum products. Gilsonite in mass is a shiny, black substance similar in appearance to the mineral obsidian. It is brittle and can be easily crushed into a dark brown powder.
And also Gilsonite (Uintaite) [12002-43-6] is a natural hydrocarbon substance of the class known as asphaltites(see Asphalt), occurring as a coal-like solid which is mined much like other minerals and sold essentially in its native state.