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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.
The amount of oxygen present during fossilization will directly affect the detailing of the specimen, meaning that only specimens that fossilize with zero oxygen present will have a discernible wood grain or texture. This may visually reflect the rings of the tree's growth, or have other familiar patterns present. The end result of petrified wood has the same original basic structure in place, simply replaced by stone. The exterior of the petrified wood may look about the same as normal wood. Only when cut and polished can we see the intricate work of nature.
This petrified wood specimen is from the Triassic age, and is approximately 220 million years old. A type of Araucarian petrified pine wood, this particular tree type is commonly referred to as the "Monkey Puzzle Tree" and is found in Madagascar.
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.
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.