Unique "Rotten" Arizona Petrified Wood Slab - 13.3"

This is a very interested, 13.3" wide slab of polished Arizona petrified wood. It likely represents a rotten log that fossilized with either more solid knot or branch at the center. The fossilized "rotten wood" has a reddish/pink coloration while the more solid center has a deep red and purple color.

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
$195
DETAILS
SPECIES
Araucarioxylon arizonicum
LOCATION
Arizona
FORMATION
Chinle Formation
SIZE
13.3x9.6", 0.5" Thick
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#66175
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