9.8" Petrified Wood (Sycamore) Slab - Parker, Colorado

This is a colorful, thick cut slab of petrified wood from a Sycamore tree, collected in Parker, Colorado. It displays beautiful orange, yellow and red colors, with small pockets of white-blue agate. It has been polished to a glossy finish across both faces and along one edge. There is a repaired crack towards the polished end of the slab.

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

A paper on these woods is linked below.

Late Paleocene woods from Cherokee Ranch, Colorado, U.S.A.

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.
Unidentified Sycamore
Parker, Colorado
Dawson Arkose Formation
9.8 x 3.4", 1" thick
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