Petrified Wood – Stone Wood

Petrified wood is truly nature’s work of art. What makes these pieces so beautiful? Is it their crystalline look? Petrified wood actually doesn’t have any form of wood in them what so ever. Taking anywhere between a hundred years to a couple million, petrified wood is formed when a tree dies. Normally the tree would just decay and provide nutrients and sustenance for the life around it; but if it is sealed away by mud or some other agent, something amazing happens. As the tree starts to decompose, small bits of water carrying minerals will replace the cells of the tree. After a good length of time, the piece of wood has been completely replaced by minerals, keeping its same shape. This is why when you look at sections of the wood it often appears to be made of quartz like material!

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