18.6" Petrified Wood (Woodworthia) Slab With Preserved Fungal Rot

This is a very interesting, 18.6" wide, polished round of petrified wood (Woodworthia) from the Chinle Formation of Arizona. Woodworthia is one of the more uncommon types of petrified wood within the petrified forests of Arizona. The polishing work on this piece is fabulous and it comes with a display stand.

What makes this piece so special is that it show signs of preserved fungal rot in the wood. You
will notice a number of circular areas near the outer edge of the round. This is where the wood was rotten and the rotten areas were filled in differently when the wood fossilized.

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.

FOR SALE
$495
DETAILS
SPECIES
Woodworthia (Primitive Conifer)
LOCATION
Arizona
FORMATION
Chinle Formation, Painted Desert Member
SIZE
18.6 x 12.7", .8" thick
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#64740
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