Petrified Wood

I knew it was going to be a good hike when I walked up to this fossil in a dry creek bed (which was many years ago).

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Usually I only find impressions of the wood. This is my only petrified log. The preservation isn’t good enough to identify the 11-inch fossil.

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Petrified wood has always fascinated me: What were the conditions, or event, that led to it becoming petrified?

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Preservations can vary greatly.

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These fossils are scattered around in rock piles in my backyard.

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This one measures almost 1 1/2 inches long and served as a pocket rock for a while. The hole probably resulted from insect damage. There’s a similar hole in the top.

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This stone has the most petrified woods that I’ve ever seen on one stone — eleven of differing sizes and kinds of wood. The stone measures roughly 7×11 inches.


Was out early this morning while things were still damp. The more contrast shows off the petrified wood.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. I’d love to be able to find fossils like that. We have lots of minerals but few fossils.


    • We started fossil hunting as kids. My oldest son was in the army for 10 years and gave me fossils from areas where he was stationed, including Germany. Needless to say, I have them scattered all around.


  2. Holy Bleep . . . you found those in the ground? I can only wish and I can identify each one of them. If you go to my blog you can too! The first trunk is from a lepidodendron tree root!!!! The last two fossils are actually trace fossils from carboniferous age trees! The middle ones are from the same era calamite bark or skin. Let me know what you find out . . .


    • Petrified wood can be addictive, as far as I’m concerned. We live in an area that was glaciated. Just to our south wasn’t. The sandstone creeks can vary in having petrified wood. Their patterns stand out in the sun.


  3. Posted by Ethan on July 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Well, that’s the thing. Petrified wood can’t be preserved for as long as evolutionists claim. Wood can petrify in under a year, it’s been well documented at Yellowstone national park, to state but one example. The only incident that fully explains the deposition of rock layers and the formation of fossils is the global flood recorded in the bible. Over the last forty years, extensive evidence has been obtained to support this. The oldest that wood could possibly be is around 4500 years. But I agree, these pieces are beautiful!! If you’re ever in Louisiana, look around. There are amazing pieces to be found around here!! Most still have the original cell structure to be seen, and some have quartz druze on them!!!!


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