Petrified wood is the common name for wood that has turned to stone. Wood begins a petrification process once it is buried in sediments with very little exposure to oxygen. Overtime, the mineral rich water from the soil will replace the organic cells of the wood with inorganic elements like carbon (black), cobalt (green/blue), chromium (green/blue), copper, (green/blue), iron oxides (red/brown/yellow), manganese (pink and orange), manganese oxides (black or yellow) and silica ( white/grey/blueish white) to name a few. This process can happen very quickly, in as little as 1000 years, and it is the combination of these minerals and colours that creates a truly unique fossil specimen each time.
Araucaria is the name of a conifer species that co-existed with dinosaurs and other creatures of the Mesozoic era, about 190-220 million years ago, and is a predecessor or the modern Norfolk Pines trees. This Araucaria tree fossil was found in the Petrified Wood belt of the United States, which spans Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. This type of petrified wood often comes from just outside the petrified forest in Arizona, USA. Araucaria petrified wood is easily recognizable by its beautiful bright colours like red, pink and yellow.
Petrified Wood is used to connect with your past life, to get more grounded, or to stabilize emotions. Some believe these wood types can help with your composure and contentment with life. Petrified wood is a testament of resilience and strength, and is often associated with business success, making it an ideal fossil for entrepreneurs.
- Dimensions: 84 mm x 60 mm x 30 mm
- Felt base to protect surfaces
- Genuine fossil
- This item includes an information card about the fossil
- A certificate of authenticity is included with this item
This fossil requires special care - exposure to water and other chemicals, such as cleaning products or aerosols, will damage it over time. If you polish the stone, use a dry cloth only, or an air duster that does not contain any disinfectant or other chemicals.