- Petrified wood
Petrified wood (from the Greek root "petro" meaning "rock" or "stone", literally "wood turned into stone") is a type of
fossil: it consists of fossil woodwhere all the organic materials have been replaced with minerals (most often a silicate, such as quartz), while retaining the original structure of the wood. The petrifactionprocess occurs underground, when wood becomes buried under sedimentand is initially preserved due to a lack of oxygen. Mineral-rich water flowing through the sediment deposits minerals in the plant's cells and as the plant's ligninand cellulosedecay away, a stone mould forms in its place. It probably takes less than 100 years for wood to petrify. [http://www.nps.gov/pefo/faqs.htm]
Elements such as
manganese, ironand copperin the water/mud during the petrification process give petrified wood a variety of color ranges. Pure quartz crystals are colorless, but when contaminants are added to the process the crystals take on a yellow, red or other tint.
Following is a list of contaminating elements and related color hues:
iron oxides - red, brown, and yellow
manganese oxides - black/yellow
Petrified wood can preserve the original structure of the wood in all its detail, down to the microscopic level. Structures such as
tree rings and the various tissues are often observed features.
Petrified wood has a
Mohs hardnessof 7, the same as quartz.
Petrified wood is the provincial stone of
Albertaand also the state gemof Washington.
Argentina- Considered to be one of the world's best petrified reserves, the Petrified Forest National Monument in Chubut Province in the Argentine Patagoniahas many trees that measure more than 3 m (10 ft) in diameter and 30 m (100 ft) long. Compared to petrified trees in the United Statesthat measure less than 1.8 m (6 ft) in diameter, the trees of the Central Steppes of Argentina are significantly larger.
Belgium- Geosite Goudberg near Hoegaarden. [cite web |url=http://home.hccnet.nl/Jacob.Leloux/hoegaarden.html |title=A petrified forrest near Hoegaarden]
Canada- In the badlandsof southern Alberta; petrified wood is the provincial stone of Alberta. Axel Heiberg Islandin Nunavuthas among the largest petrified forests in the world
Czech Republic, Nová Paka- The most famous locality on Permian- Carboniferousrocks in the Czech Republic.
Germany- The museum of natural history in Chemnitzhas a collection of petrified trees found in the town in 1737.
Egyptpetrified forest in Cairo-Suez road, declared a national protectorate by the minstery of environment, also in the area of New Cairo at the Extension of Nasr city, El Qattamiyya, near El Maadi distrect, Al Farafra oasis [http://bio.kuleuven.be/sys/iawa/PDF/IAWA%20J%2021-25/24%20(2)%202003/24(2)%20163-172.pdf] , Al Fayoum depression and actually the entire western desert [ [http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/fossils.htm Fossils: The Other Ancient Egypt ] ] .
Greece- Petrified Forest of Lesvos, at the western tip of the island of Lesbos, is possibly the largest of the petrified forests, covering an area of over 150 km² and declared a National Monument in 1985. Large, upright trunks complete with root systems can be found, as well as trunks up to 22 m in length.
Libya- Great Sand Sea- Hundreds of square miles of petrified trunks, branches and other debris mixed with Stone Age artifacts.
United States- Some of the better known petrified wood sites include:
Petrified Wood Parkin Lemmon, South Dakota.
Ginkgo/Wanapum State Parkin Washington State
Grotto of the Redemption, a private park in Iowa.
Petrified Forest National Parkin Arizona
Petrified Forest (California)in California
Australia- Has vast deposits of petrified and opalised wood.
India- A geological site famous for its petrified woods Thiruvakkarai Villagein Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The site is protected by the Geological Survey of India. Petrified woods covers a large area in this site.
New Zealand- Curio Bayon the Catlinscoast contains many petrified wood examples.
Artificial petrified wood
Artificial petrified wood has been produced in a Washington lab. In the process small cubes of pine were soaked in an acid bath for two days then in a silica solution for another two. The product was then
cooked at 1400 °C in an argonatmosphere for two hours. The result was silicon carbideceramic which preserved the intricate cell structure of the wood. Soaking in a tungstensolution produced a tungsten carbidepetrified wood. [ "Petrified Wood in Days", Physorg.com, January 25, 2005 http://www.physorg.com/news2801.html ] ["Presto! Instant Petrified Wood Created in Lab", Live Science, 27 January 2005 http://www.livescience.com/technology/050127_petrified_wood.html ]
Petrified Forest of Lesvos
* [http://www.aegean.gr/Petrified_Forest/NoFrames/petriforest.htm The Petrified forest of Lesvos - Protected Natural Monument]
* [http://www.novapaka.muzeum.cz/index_en.htm The Town Museum of Nová Paka]
* [http://www.mspetrifiedforest.com The Mississippi Petrified Forest]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
petrified wood — Fossil formed by the infiltration of minerals into cavities between and within cells of natural wood, usually by silica (silicon dioxide, SiO2) or calcite (calcium carbonate, CaCO3). Often this replacement of organic tissue by mineral deposits is … Universalium
Petrified (disambiguation) — Petrified can mean the following:* Petrified (song), a song by Fort Minor * Petrifaction, the process in which organic material becomes mineralized and preserved as a pretrified fossil such as Petrified wood … Wikipedia
Wood — /wood/, n. 1. Grant, 1892 1942, U.S. painter. 2. Leonard, 1860 1927, U.S. military doctor and political administrator. * * * I Hard, fibrous material formed by the accumulation of secondary xylem produced by the vascular cambium. It is the… … Universalium
Wood Opal — either is a form of Petrified wood which has developed on opalescent sheen or, alternatively, but more rarely, where the wood has been completely replaced by Opal … Wikipedia
Petrified Forest National Park — Infobox protected area | name = Petrified Forest National Park iucn category = II caption = locator x = 65 locator y = 107 location = Apache County Navajo County, Arizona, USA nearest city = Holbrook lat degrees = 35 lat minutes = 03 lat seconds … Wikipedia
Petrified palmwood — taxobox name = Petrified palmwood status = Fossil regnum = Plantae unranked divisio = Angiosperms unranked classis = Monocots unranked ordo = Commelinids ordo = Arecales familia = Arecaceae genus = Palmoxylon subdivision ranks = Species… … Wikipedia
petrified — pet|ri|fied [ˈpetrıfaıd] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : French; Origin: pétrifier, from Greek petra rock ] 1.) extremely frightened, especially so frightened that you cannot move or think petrified of ▪ I m petrified of spiders. petrified with… … Dictionary of contemporary English
petrified — [[t]pe̱trɪfaɪd[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ of n/ ing, ADJ that If you are petrified, you are extremely frightened, perhaps so frightened that you cannot think or move. I ve always been petrified of being alone... Most people seem to be petrified… … English dictionary
Petrified Forest National Park — a national park in E Arizona: buried tree trunks turned to stone by the action of mineral laden water. 147 sq. mi. (381 sq. km). * * * National park, eastern Arizona, U.S. Established as a national monument in 1906 and as a national park in 1962 … Universalium
petrified — adjective 1 extremely frightened, especially so frightened that you cannot move or think: She stood there, petrified at the thought of the crowds waiting outside. 2 petrified wood/trees/insects etc wood, trees etc that have changed into stone… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English