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Here is a very nice specimen of Petrified Palm Wood from Madagascar.  Petrified Wood is fossilized from trees in the Oligocene Epoch, between 20 to 40 million years ago.  This exceptional specimen has good wood grain highlights mixed in around the various Tan, Red, Grey and Brown colors with very different design.  The beautiful piece has a good polish on both faces and plenty of character throughout.   The outer edge is left natural and only adds to the character of this very, very nice piece.  The awesome petrified wood slab measures almost 15″ x 13 1/2″ x 7/8″ thick and weighs 11 1/2 lbs.  Pictures just don’t do this fabulous specimen proper justice.

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Petrified Wood is a type of a fossil as it consists of fossil wood where all the organic materials have been replaced with minerals while retaining the original structure of the wood.  These minerals are most often Silicates such as Quartz.  Other minerals, Manganese, Iron and Copper, in the water or mud during the petrification process gives Petrified Wood a variety of color ranges: black – Carbon; green/blue – Copper; red/brown/yellow – Iron.  Petrified Wood can preserve the original structure of the wood in all its detail all the way down to the microscopic level.  Structures such as tree rings and the various tissues are often observed features.  Although Petrified Wood can be found worldwide, it is rather rare in larger quantities and at times can be difficult to obtain by the average collector.

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Weight12.00 lbs
Dimensions15 × 13.50 × 0.875 in

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