12.7" Brilliant, Polished Arizona Petrified Wood Round

This is a top quality, brilliantly colored, 12.7" wide round of Araucarioxylon arizonicum petrified wood from Arizona. It has beautiful red, yellow, orange and purple coloration. One side has been highly polished to a mirror like finish by one of the top petrified wood polishers around. There are no dull areas or scuff marks.

The vibrant coloration is due to the contaminating minerals in the silica which replaced the original wood structure. For example pinks and reds are due to hematite, a form of oxidized iron. This is similar petrified would which is found in the Petrified Forest National Park. The petrified forest encompasses nearly 100k acres and this wood comes from land outside of the park.

It from the extinct conifer Araucarioxylon arizonicum which happens to be the state fossil of Arizona. The petrified wood of this tree is frequently referred to as "Rainbow wood" because of the large variety of colors some specimens exhibit. The red and yellow are produced by large particulate forms of iron oxide, the yellow being limonite and the red being hematite. The purple hue comes from extremely fine spherules of hematite distributed throughout the quartz matrix.

Araucarioxylon arizonicum is estimated to have grown more than 150 feet high and dominated the tropical forests in what is now Arizona nearly 225 million years ago.
FOR SALE
$465 $418
DETAILS
SPECIES
Araucarioxylon arizonicum
LOCATION
Arizona
FORMATION
Chinle Formation
SIZE
12.7 x 11.4", .8" thick
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#52855
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