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    RARE PETRIFIED OAK SLICE
    Quercus sp.
    Miocene
    Deschutes River, Oregon

    Petrification of wood occurs over millions of years as silica-rich water infused with iron, manganese and other minerals seeps into the not-yet rotted trunks of trees and gradually replaces the original organic material on a cellular level; the wood turns to stone but retains its original structure and appearance in all but color. In some instances, one can even count the growth rings of the original tree, and such is the case with this lovely slab of ancient Oregon oak. Presenting a lovely soft palette of gray, cream and brown, the surface has been highly polished to a lustrous finish, but with the edge retaining its original rough bark texture. A less common specimen than the famed Arizona "rainbow" wood, it measures 18¾ x 16 x 5/8 inches.


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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2010
    6th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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