13" Very Rare Petrified "Snakewood" (Mennegoxylon) Slab - Texas

 
This is a phenomenal, 13" wide slab of petrified snakewood (Mennegoxylon jonesii) from the Eocene age Yegua Formation of Brazos County, Texas. This slab is polished to a glossy finish on one side and displays wonderful preservation of the snakeskin-like wood grain detail.

Comes with a display stand.

Petrified wood is the name given to wood that has been turned into stone (fossilized) through the process of permineralization. All of the organic matter becomes replaced by minerals, while much of the original structure such as tree rings in retained. For this to happen the wood needs to be buried in an environment both low in oxygen (preventing decomposition) and with flowing, mineral-laden water. The coloration is due to the various minerals that are present during fossilization. For example red colors are due to iron compounds, greens due to copper, etc.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Mennegoxylon jonesii (Snake Wood)
AGE
LOCATION
Brazos County, Texas
FORMATION
Yegua Formation
SIZE
13 x 6.4", .55" thick
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#163643
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