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12) Large Petrified Fossil Wood Stump

12) Large Petrified Fossil Wood Stump

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Large Madagascan Petrified Wood Stump


You will receive the exact piece pictured, a truly unique interior design piece


Size : H 47 x 17 x 15 cm


Location : Madagascar


Weight : 24.6 KG approx.


Petrified Wood : Petrified wood (from the Greek root petro meaning "rock" or "stone"; literally "wood turned into stone") is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. It is the result of a tree or tree-like plants having completely 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.[ A forest where such material has petrified becomes known as a petrified forest.


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