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    VERY LARGE PETRIFIED WOOD SLICE
    Araucarioxylon arizonicum
    Triassic
    Chinle Formation, Winslow, Arizona
    This superb slice perfectly epitomizes why specimens from the world-famous Petrified Forest locality in eastern Arizona are known as "Rainbow Wood". The surface swirls with incredible clouds of black, red, orange, green, mauve and brown, in an astounding pattern created over millions of years of mineral replacement. An ancient conifer tree, whose nearest living relative is the Norfolk Island Pine, this species dates back to over 200 million years ago when Arizona was situated south of the equator as part of the Pangea supercontinent. Out on the plains, stream banks were constantly being undermined by the surging river waters, and toppling these giant trees into the floodwaters. Cataclysmic volcanic activity buried tropical conifer pines and other hardwoods under massive layers of ash, entombing the wood and securing their place in natural history. As silica-bearing ground-water seeped into the fibers of the buried trees, organic material was replaced cell by cell whilst still preserving its fundamental structure, often right down to the microscopic level. Nowadays these logs must be unearthed from layers of bentonite clay, as material which has lain on the surface for any longer amounts of time is damaged due to weathering. This is a particularly large, thick and beautiful example, one face brought to a lustrous, high-polished finish, and retaining excellent texture to the surrounding bark which is rarely preserved. An outstanding example of an uncommonly large size, measuring 43 x 30½ x 1 5/8 inches.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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