This petrified poducarpus wood sphere features earthy maroon and chalk white hues in subtle wood grain patterns. There are some indented areas due to the natural variation in hardness throughout the material, through overall it has been nicely shaped and polished. A wooden display stand as shown will be supplied with this sphere.
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.