14.8" Colorful, Polished Petrified Wood Slab - Cherry Creek, NV

This is a very colorful, 14.8" wide, polished slab of Oligocene aged petrified wood from the Cherry Creek District in Nevada. Most of the slab is .6" thick, though one corner is a bit thicker. Comes with a display stand.

It comes out of an old collection of petrified wood that we recently purchased that has some hard to find pieces from unusual locations, many of which are no longer accessible to collecting.

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.
Cherry Creek District, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA
14.8 x 7.8", .6" thick
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