Description

    A MASSIVE PETRIFIED TREE TRUNK
    unidentified species
    Triassic
    Indonesia

    This astonishing piece, weighing 910 kg, is from the beautiful petrified wood deposits of Indonesia. Millions of years ago, the area was blanketed with thick rainforest and dotted with volcanoes. When the volcanoes erupted, some of the trees that grew on their slopes were instantly destroyed, but others at a slightly greater distance were completely buried in silica mineral-rich volcanic ash. This protected the wood from the elements and prevented their decay, and slowly, over millions of years, the silica minerals (quartz, chalcedony, jasper) were carried by water seeping into the wood and replaced the structure of the original tree on a microscopic level, atom by atom. So fine is this process of replacement that the cellular structure can still be observed. Much petrified wood from this area is coarse-grained, making it hard to polish, but the present example is from a fine-grained wood and has been polished all around. The original contours of the trunk have been retained and the grain is still visible to the naked eye, with beautiful patination in warm shades of brown, red and cream, which gives it the unmistakable appearance of wood. The upper surface has also been polished and has two deep crevices, and the outer surface is pocked with small knots and rifts, adding further character to this imposing and impressive 68 inch tall petrified tree. Diameter - 24 inches.


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    June, 2008
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