Chemistry: SiO Silicon Dioxide
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Origin Of The Name
Petrified wood (from the Greek root petro meaning "rock" or "stone"; literally "wood turned into stone")
It is the result of a tree having turned completely into stone by the process of per mineralization. All the organic materials have been replaced with minerals (mostly a silicate, such as quartz), while retaining the original structure of the wood. In general, wood takes less than 100 years to petrify. The organic matter needs to become petrified before it decomposes completely.
Where Is It Found
Petrified wood is found all over the world. Places such as USA, United Kingdom, Ukraine, New Zealand, Namibia , Libya, Indonesia, India, Greece, Egypt, Ecuador, Germany, Czech Republic, China, Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Australia & Argentina.
What Do We Do With It
Petrified wood is used to make a wide array of decrorative items from lamps and tabletops to dishes and jewelry. The petrified wood forest of the United States are now protected by law and only limited amounts are now permitted to be collected.
Petrified Wood was once an ancient, living, breathing tree. It was buried and fossilised, over a long period of time, and the organic parts of its structure were replaced by minerals. The markings on the crystal are the original tree?s growth rings and knots.
Color: A rainbow of colors exist.
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