8" Tall, Petrified Wood Bookends - McDermitt, Oregon

This is a large pair of gorgeous bookends made from Miocene age petrified wood from McDermitt, Oregon. The bookends have been polished on the outer face to highlight the details, and the flat edges have been lined with felt.

Each bookend slightly varies in size, with one measuring 8" tall, 7" wide and 1.7" thick, while the other is 8" tall, 6.7" wide and 1.7" thick.

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.
McDermitt, Oregon
8 x 7 x 1.7"
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