7.7" Petrified Wood Bookends - Oregon

This is a pair of bookends made from Miocene aged, unidentified petrified wood from Oregon. The bookends have been polished on the outer face to highlight the details. The flat edges have been lined with felt to protect them from whatever surfaces they come into contact with.

Each bookend varies slightly in size, with one measuring 7.7" tall, 5.4" wide and 1.7" thick while the other is 7.6" tall, 5.4" wide and 1.7" thick. Together these bookends weigh just over 10.5 lbs.

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.
7.7" tall, 5.4" wide, 1.7" thick
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