Petrified wood

Petrified wood

Petrified wood can be found all over the planet. For instance large forests existed 225 million years ago in what is now Arizona.  The Petrified Forest exhibit in Holbrook, Arizona, allows visitors to see lots of genuine petrified wood.  You can go to their website from here:  Arizona Petrified Forest.

Colorado has petrified wood scattered in several areas, especially all along the front range.  Here are a few petrified wood pictures of collected specimens.

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Small piece of petrified wood showing the woodgrain.

Here we have a very small specimen about 2 inches lengthwise.

The grain of the wood is readily identifiable, this particular piece was polished in order to see the grain better.  This is a specimen that was found in gravels on a rooftop.    The gravels originated in Colorado so presumably the wood originated in what is now Colorado.

Incidentally, searching in gravels sometimes reveals incredible specimens of petrified wood as well as mollusks and bivalves.

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Here we see a specimen from a field south of Franktown, Colorado.

10 Million years ago a huge volcano erupted in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, and covered a large portion of Colorado to the east with ash.   This included forested land east of the mountains.

For more information and to see some of the huge trees that were covered as well as some of the best preserved insects ever found, see their website here: Florissant Fossil Museumor visit the Florissant Fossil Museum in Florissant, Colorado.

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This specimen also came from the volcano ashfall.

It was collected northeast of Colorado Springs, zooming in on the lower image shows the grain in the wood.  Zooming in on the second image show the curvature of the original wood as well as the wood grain.

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This set of book ends came from the Arizona Petrified Forest

These were professionally prepared for sale from one of the local rock shops of the area.

For a great kids science kit of fossils, Amazon offers this item from the boys over at Dancing Bear:

Dancing Bear Fossil Collection Set, 15 Real Specimens: Trilobite, Ammonite, Fish Fossil, Shark Tooth, Petrified Wood, Dinosaur Bone, Fossil Book, Time Scale, ID Cards, Magnifying Glass, Science Kit.  The Quarter isn’t included!

Crafting hobbyists, here is where you can get petrified wood for jewelry, polishing or other crafts from Amazon:

Fantasia Materials: 1 lb Petrified Wood Rough – (Select 1 to 18 lbs) – Raw Natural Crystals for Cabbing, Cutting, Lapidary, Tumbling, Polishing, Wire Wrapping, Wicca and Reiki Crystal Healing

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Author: Steve

Steve is an avid fossil collector, having collected fossils from several of the lower 48 states, just by pulling over to the side of the road and looking.

4 thoughts on “Petrified wood”

  1. Hello Steve,
    I am totally fascinated by petrified wood. So this article was fun to read. A friend brought me back several pieces from Arizona..and I also love meditating with them.. they seem to hold their own energy and power.
    How did you get interested in petrified wood?
    In peace and gratitude, ariel

    1. Ariel, I got interested in the petrified wood when I was out east of Denver and noticed a few fairly large discolored sections of rock beside a little road. So I called the Denver museum of Nature and Science. They sent a person out to look at it, it turned out to be a petrified tree buried in the ash of the volcano that had erupted 10 million years ago. That little area of land is now a subdivision! After that, I started keeping an eye out for more petrified wood. Check back often, there will be updates and additions to the website! Thanks for visiting!


  2. What an interesting article and what a truly amazing world we live in. We will never know the full story and I would love to know how long our planet will survive in human calendar terms.
    I think it is all rather fascinating and enjoyed your article and visiting the links ( although it was a distraction I hadn’t planned on!)

    Nice though – so thanks.

    1. Lawrence, thanks for visiting! I agree, we will never know every animal that roamed this planet before we got here! Plus, I think once we’re gone, it’ll return to what it was like before we got here! Check back often, even though it IS a distraction!

      Thanks for stopping by,

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