13.4" Sparkly, Silicified Petrified Wood - Smoky Hill Chalk, Kansas

This is a 13.4" long chunk of silicified petrified wood collected from the Late Cretaceous, Smoky Hill Chalk in Gove County, Kansas. This variety of petrified wood is similar to glittering Wetumpka wood of Alabama. Petrified wood lined with druzy quartz crystals typically results from aggressive mineral deposition by means of floodwaters or tsunami-like activity. This specimen provides an interesting glimpse of potential heavy weather patterns in the Western Interior Seaway of Kansas. Additionally, it is absolutely beautiful to look at.

Comes with the pictured display stand.

The Smoky Hill Chalk Member of the Niobrara Chalk formation is a Cretaceous conservation Lagerstätte, or fossil rich geological formation, known primarily for its exceptionally well-preserved marine reptiles. It outcrops in parts of northwest Kansas, its most famous localities for fossils, and in southeastern Nebraska. Large well-known fossils excavated from the Smoky Hill Chalk include marine reptiles such as plesiosaurs, large bony fish such as Xiphactinus, mosasaurs, pterosaurs, and turtles.
Gove County, Kansas
Niobrara Formation
13.4 x 7.2 x 3.6"
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