12.1" Brown, Petrified Wood (Araucarioxylon) Bookends - Arizona

This is a uniquely colored pair of bookends made from petrified Araucarioxylon arizonicum wood found in Northern Arizona. Each bookend slightly varies in size, with one measuring 11.9" tall, 9.2" wide and 1.75" thick, while the other is 12.1" tall, 9.2" wide and 1.75" thick.

The surface has been highly polished and the inner wood detail is amazing. You can see the wood grain very easily. The work is done by one of the best petrified wood polishers around so the quality is second to none. The flat cut edges of these bookends have also been lined with a black felt.

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.
Araucarioxylon arizonicum
Northern Arizona
Chinle Formation
12.1" tall, 9.2" wide, 1.75" thick
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