Locality – Mahajanga, Madagascar
Size – 46 x 40 x 26mm
Weight – 105g
This petrified poducarpus freeform features bold, deep brick red and earthy brown tones with attractive wood grain patterning. It has been excellently polished to a high, glossy lustre and shaped to a rounded form, ideal for holding in the palm.
About Petrified Wood wood
Petrified wood – also known as fossil wood - is the preserved remains of ancient trees, transformed into stone through by the process of permineralization. It begins to form when plant material is buried by sediment and protected from decay by oxygen and organisms. Then, groundwater rich in dissolved solids flows through the sediment replacing the original plant material with silica, calcite, pyrite or another inorganic material such as opal. This results in a beautiful and unique combination of perfectly preserved wood structure with vivid mineral colouration, desirable for both fossil and mineral collections. The most famous location worldwide for fossilized wood is the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, US, where thousands of perfectly preserved trees from 225 million years ago lay protected in an area of 600 square kilometres.