9.8" Polished Petrified Wood (Sloanea) Slab with Pyrite - Texas

This is a 9.8" slab of petrified wood from the Yegua Formation of College Station, Texas. This slab is cut flat on both sides and polished to a glossy finish on one. It displays excellent grain detail and pyrite mineral placement peppered throughout the wood. The genus of this specimen is Sloanea, a flowering plant of the family Elaeocarpaceae.

There is a repaired crack through the middle of this specimen. 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
Sloanea sp.
AGE
LOCATION
College Station, Brazos County, Texas
FORMATION
Yegua Formation
SIZE
9.8 x 6.6", .5" thick
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#166514
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