7.5" Petrified Wood (Sycamore) Section - Parker, Colorado

This is a beautiful and colorful 7.5" section of petrified wood from a Sycamore tree, collected in Parker, Colorado. The red, orange, and browns are accented by areas of blue-white agate. This specimen has been cut flat on one side and polished to a glossy finish across one face to highlight the detail. One side has been left rough and the thickest point of this petrified wood specimen is 1.7".

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

A paper on these woods is linked below.

Late Paleocene woods from Cherokee Ranch, Colorado, U.S.A.

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.
Parker, Colorado
Dawson Arkose Formation
7.5 x 5.9", up to 1.7" thick
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