9.8" Petrified Wood (Cedar) End Cut - Vantage, Washington

This is a gorgeous, polished, end-cut of petrified wood collected decades ago near Vantage Washington. It is polished one one side to a mirror like finish which allows for the beautiful, inner wood detail to be displayed. It comes with an acrylic display stand.

It comes out of an old collection of petrified wood that we recently purchased that has some rather unusual pieces from rare locations.

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.
Near Vantage, Washington
Wanapum Basalt Formation
9.8 x 8.4", up to 1.3" thick
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