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Visit to Petrified Forest National Park

Last Updated: 14th Feb 2017

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

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Next stop on our geotour of northern Arizona is the Petrified Forest National Park.



Triassic age rocks with varying levels of iron oxidisation create the 'painted desert' effect



View from Lacey Point



Petrified car



The classic Route 66 cut through the park.



The landscape here hasn't changed a great deal since the Cretaceous.



The rock here has many petroglyphs



At the Blue Mesa - fossilised wood trunks everywhere.



On the road.



Close up of a petrified log.



The agate bridge is a petrified log spanning a gully. They reinforced it with concrete in 1974.



Jasper Forest is a large area with countless petrified logs. It's a shame you can't walk amongst them. It's also a shame that it's raining.



Entering the crystal forest.



Petrifantastic



A big lump



The surface of a log



Hollow log



Some of the texture of the inside of a log segment



Quartz crystals in the wood that give the crystal forest it's name.



About the crystal forest





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Comments

I want a large log for my front yard!!! Maybe its a good thing that its illegal to remove specimens from National Parks... Albeit it would make a fantastic yard decoration!!!

Scott Rider
14th Feb 2017 10:18pm
wow!


John Montgomery
14th Feb 2017 10:58pm

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