4.5" Double-Hearted Petrified Wood Slab - McDermitt, Oregon

This is a 4.5" wide slab of petrified wood from McDermitt, Oregon. One side of it has been polished to a glossy finish, revealing the two hearts in great detail at the center of the slab. This specimen comes from the premier petrified forest in the world, spanning over 100 square miles on the Oregon/Nevada border.

This specimen includes an acrylic display stand.

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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Cherry?
LOCATION
McDermitt, Oregon
FORMATION
Trout Creek Formation
SIZE
4.5 x 3.5", .5" thick
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#163659
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