10.1" Polished, Petrified Wood Round - Indonesia

This is a 10.1" wide, round of 20 million year old petrified hard wood from the Banten Province of Indonesia. It has been cut and polished on both sides to reveal the exquisite inner wood detail. Due to the number of genre of petrified wood found in the region, specific identification of the type is difficult.

Comes with a display stand.

Petrified wood is the name given to wood that has been turned into stone (fossilized) through the process of permineralization. All of the organic matter becomes replaced by minerals, while much of the original structure such as tree rings in retained. For this to happen the wood needs to be buried in an environment both low in oxygen (preventing decomposition) and with flowing, mineral-laden water. The coloration is due to the various minerals that are present during fossilization. For example red colors are due to iron compounds, greens due to copper, etc.
Banten Province, West Java, Indonesia
Genteng Formation
10.1 x 9.3", .75" thick
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