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PETRIFIED WOOD Various sizes - $5 (Cache)

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PETRIFIED WOOD: Fossilized Branch Wedge Section w/ Bark and Cambium - Various sizes starting at $5

This item was collected from the exterior of an old home in Southwest Oklahoma where this & other protruding pieces of petrified wood were used to decorate the exterior walls of the house. The current owner is changing decor, so he is making some of these ancient segments available to collectors, rock hounds, educators, nature enthusiasts & others who want to own one of the most fascinating phenomena on Earth.

From How Stuff Works.com:
"The transformation can only take place under the right set of circumstances.
When an organism dies, it usually decomposes. Such is the circle of life. The process that most people call rotting is a type of decay which sets in as microorganisms break down organic matter. Usually, a dead, fallen tree will be subjected to this process.

Once in a while, though, a newly-deceased tree (or some other kind of woody plant) gets rapidly buried by mud, silt or volcanic ash. This blanketing material then shields the dead tree from oxygen. Because oxygen is the main driving force behind the decaying process, the smothered plant will begin to decompose far more slowly than it normally would.

Meanwhile, mineral-laden water or mud seeps into the dead tree's pores and other openings. As our plant's internal structure gradually breaks down, its organic material (wood fibers) gets replaced by silica and other minerals. Over a period of a few million years, those minerals will crystalize. The end result is a rock that appropriates the shape and structure of our original tree."

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