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Petrified Wood

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A decorative type of fossil wood where the original organic material has been replaced - usually by chalcedony or agate (cryptocrystalline quartz), but sometimes by opal, coal, pyrite, calcite and others.

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Classification of Petrified Wood

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Other Names for Petrified Wood

Agatised woodAgatized Wood
Other Languages:
French:Bois pétrifié
Bois silicifié
German:Versteinertes Holz
Italian:Legno agatizzato
Simplified Chinese:硅化木

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Petrified Wood

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Versteinertes Holz, extra Lapis No 7, Christian Weise Verlag, München 1994 (in German).

DERNBACH U. (1996): Versteinerte Wälder, D’Oro Verlag, 188 pp. (in German)

DANIELS F. (1998): Petrified Wood, The World of Fossilized Wood, Cones, Ferns, and Cycads, Western Colorado Publishing Company, Grand Junction, 170 pp.

GREGOR, VELITZELOS & HOLLEIS (2005): Fossile Wälder, Fossile Hölzer, Pseudowälder. DOCUMENTA NATURAE Band 154, München, xx pp. (in German).

DANIELS F. & DAYVAULT R. (2006): Ancient Forests, a closer look at petrified wood. Western Colorado Publishing Company, Grand Junction, 456 pp.

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