3" Polished Petrified Palmwood Limb Section - Texas

This is a beautiful, 3" long limb section of petrified palmwood wood that was collected from the Oligocene of Live Oak County, Texas. It has been cut flat on both ends and polished to a glossy finish on one.

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.
Unidentified Palm
Live Oak County, Texas
3 x 2.45"
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