Massive 21.2" Polished Petrified Wood Dish (100 lbs) - Madagascar

This is an absolutely massive dish/bowl that's made from one solid log of petrified Araucaria (extinct Conifer) wood from Ambilobe, Madagascar. It is 21.2 x 15.3" and one side has been polished into a bowl/dish with a glossy finish showing off the amazing mineralization of this fossil. It is from the early Triassic period, making it approximately 220 million years old, close to the time the first dinosaurs appeared on the planet.

This is by far the largest petrified wood dish that we've ever had. Weighing in at just under 100 lbs, this specimen is truly a sight to behold!

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.

FOR SALE
$1,695
DETAILS
SPECIES
Araucaria (Conifer)
LOCATION
Ambilobe, Madagascar
SIZE
21.2 x 15.3", up to 6" thick, Weighs 99.8 lbs
ITEM
#207423
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