Petrified Palm Root Pocket Stones - Red Color

These are polished, pocket stones of red, petrified palm root from West Java, Indonesia. The vascular nature of root means that traditional tree rings are replaced by pores and channels in the petrified wood. This petrified palm is likely Miocene in age.

They average about 2" across, but being hand polished from a natural stone they can vary slightly in size, color and patterning.

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.
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Petrified Palm Root
Garut, West Java, Indonesia
Approximately 2 x 1.5 x .6"