9.1" Tall, Colorful Petrified Wood Bookends - Washington

This is a pair of bookends made from richly colored petrified wood which was collected near Sunnyside, Washington. The polishing has been done locally by an expert polisher giving them a glossy shine with no dull spots. The sides have been felt lined.

Each bookend slightly varies in size, with one measuring 9.1" tall, 7.7" wide and 1.7" thick, while the other is 8.7" tall, 7.7" 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.

Sunnyside, Washington
9.1 x 7.7", 1.7" thick
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