11.5" Petrified Wood Slab - Parker, Colorado

This is a beautifully colorful, 11.5" slab of unidentified petrified wood collected in Parker, Colorado. The black, orange and browns are accented by areas of blue-white agate. It has been polished to a glossy finish across one face to highlight the detail.

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

A paper on these woods is linked below.

Late Paleocene woods from Cherokee Ranch, Colorado, U.S.A.

Petrified wood is the name given to wood that has been turned into stone (fossilized) through the process of permineralization. In this process, all of the organic matter becomes replaced by minerals, while much of the original structure, such as tree rings, is retained. For this to happen, the wood needs to be buried in an environment low in oxygen to prevent decomposition and with flowing, mineral-laden water, so minerals may replace structures. The coloration is caused by various minerals that present in that water during fossilization. For example, red colors are due to iron compounds, greens due to copper, and so on.
Parker, Colorado
Dawson Arkose Formation
11.5 x 5.5 x .4"
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