Petrified Wood Unidentified Species


Petrified Wood Unidentified Species

Discover the remarkable beauty of Petrified Wood specimens from Indonesia. Buried under volcanic ash, the wood transformed over millions of years, enriched with silica minerals and trace elements, resulting in stunning colours. From blues and blacks to browns and oranges, each piece is a unique tapestry of natural history.

Specimen size: 5x4x3 cm

Weight: 56g

Curious about this petrified wood specimen?

Petrified wood forms when woody stems of plants are buried in wet sediments saturated with dissolved minerals. The lack of oxygen slows decay of the wood, allowing minerals to replace cell walls and to fill void spaces in the wood

This petrified wood specimen comes from Indonesia.

In the late Tertiary period, blankets of rainforest surrounding volcanoes were plentiful in Indonesia. After volcanic eruption, these trees were buried by ash and lava, eliminating microbes that would rot the wood. The wood was then replaced with silica rich minerals such as chalcedony, quartz, calcite, opal and jasper. These trace elements impart the beautiful colours in the petrified wood. Traces of manganese impart blue and black colours, while iron traces result in different shades of brown and orange.

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