3.1" Polished Petrified Wood Limb Section - Colorado

This is a 3.1" wide limb section of petrified wood from Chaffee County, Colorado. It has been polished to a glossy finish on one edge to highlight the wood grain detail.

There is a crack along one end of this specimen that has been stabilized with glue.

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.
Chaffee County, Colorado
3.1 x 3.1"
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