Stunning, 19.2" Petrified Wood Round - North Ankara, Turkey

This is an absolutely stunning, 19.2" wide round of petrified wood from Northern Ankara, Turkey. It exhibits and amazing amount of detail including well defined tree rings. The large slab has been highly polished to a mirror like finish on one side. It is Miocene in age and while we don't have a definitive ID, it does appear to be Sequoia which is one of the more frequently found types in the area.

This amazing piece comes with a display stand.

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.

Northern Ankara, Turkey
19.2 x 14.5", 1.25" thick
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