Brazilian Petrified Tree Fern Wood

$ 195.00

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      Murphy's Species: Psaronius brasiliensis
      Location: Bieland, Maranhao Province, Brazil
      Pedra de Fogo Formation
      Age: Permian

      Petrified wood (from the Greek root petro meaning “rock” or “stone”; literally “wood turned into stone”)  the name given to a particular type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. It is the result of a tree or tree-like plants wholly transitioned to stone by the process of permineralization. All the organic materials have been replaced with minerals (mostly a silicate, such as quartz) while retaining the original structure of the stem tissue. Unlike other types of fossils, which are typically impressions or compressions, petrified wood is a three-dimensional representation of the original organic material. 

      The petrifaction process occurs underground when wood becomes buried under sediment or volcanic ash and is initially preserved due to a lack of oxygen, which inhibits aerobic decomposition. Mineral-laden water flowing through the covering material deposits minerals in the plant’s cells; as the plant’s lignin and cellulose decay, a stone mold forms in its place. The organic matter needs to become petrified before it decomposes completely.  Elements such as manganese, iron, and copper in the water/mud during the petrification process give petrified wood a variety of color ranges.

      This is a slice of petrified wood identified as Psaronius brasiliensis and measures 7.75” x 7”.

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