The vibrant reds, fiery oranges and dreamy blues make it hard to believe this piece of petrified wood is approx. 55 million years old. This amazing display piece from Parker, Colorado has the most dynamic colors. A thick cut slab that has been cut and polished on the front, with the back and sides left in their raw and natural state.
Petrified wood forms when a tree falls and is rapidly buried by sediment such as volcanic ash or river sediments. This creates a reduced oxygen environment (anaerobic) which halts the usual decay process. Minerals carried through the flow of water and absorbed into the tree slowly began to replace the organic material and crystallize. Over hundreds and thousands of years this crystallization took place hardening into stone. Composed mostly of silica (quartz), small concentrations of other elements including iron, carbon and manganese created the rich color variations seen here.
Approx. 6" L x 4" W x 4" H
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