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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.
This petrified wood specimen is from the Queensland area of Australia, and is approximately 100-145 million years old. A type of coniferous petrified pine wood, this particular type of petrified wood is increasingly rare, with very few mining permits awarded each year.
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.