Quercus simulata
    Stinking Water Pass, Harney Co, Oregon
    Amongst the most beautiful of all floral fossils are the fossilized remains of prehistoric trees that forested the globe millions of years ago. Amongst these petrified wood specimens, the white oak from the Stinking Water Pass in the desert region of eastern Oregon are possibly the most sought-after (the area is named for a stagnant creek in the nearby, with a high sulfur content). The reason is clear to see from the present specimen. The original tree's growth ring patterns remain perfectly visible, perfectly preserved for over 15 million years, as mineral-rich water seeped into the rotting trunk depositing its contents to replace the wood on a cellular level. Oak in addition, however, has a growth pattern known as medullary rays that radiate from the center of the trunk, making these specimens particularly attractive; here a gorgeous swirl of black and gray spreads out across the pale brown surface, creating a completely natural patterning of unmatched beauty. The surface has been polished to a lustrous finish on one side and the edge of the slice retains the original rugose texture of the bark, a highly desirable specimen, approximately 29½ x 20 inches.

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