10.3" Petrified Wood (Schinoxylon) Round - Blue Forest, Wyoming

This is a 10.3" round of petrified pepper tree wood (Schinoxylon) from the famous "Blue Forest" in Eden Valley, Wyoming. It shows amazing grain detail and agate inclusions. This colorful slice of petrified wood has been highly polished on one side, by one of the top polishers out there. It doesn't have any of the tool marks or scuffing that might be left by lesser quality polishers.

It was formed when trees died and fell into a swamp where they were rapidly covered by algae. This formed casts that preserved the original bark surfaces and kept the trees from decaying. Eventually the algae casts and the spaces between them were filled in by minerals, often in exquisite, crystalline form.

This specimen includes an acrylic display stand.

Petrified wood is the name given to wood that has been turned into stone (fossilized) through the process of permineralization. All of the organic matter becomes replaced by minerals, while much of the original structure such as tree rings in retained. For this to happen the wood needs to be buried in an environment both low in oxygen (preventing decomposition) and with flowing, mineral-laden water. The coloration is due to the various minerals that are present during fossilization. For example red colors are due to iron compounds, greens due to copper, etc.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Schinoxylon sp.
LOCATION
Sweetwater County, Wyoming
FORMATION
Green River Formation
SIZE
10.3 x 5.2 x .7"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#145267
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