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Petrified Wood

Petrified Wood, also referred to as a "petrified tree," is a unique variety of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. It is created when Wood is buried beneath sediment and maintained by the permineralization process.

A natural cast of Wood is produced as a result of this process, in which minerals dissolved in water penetrate into the cells and voids of natural Wood and harden. The organic material decays over time, leaving a spectacular fossil in its wake.

The continents of Asia, North America, Argentina, and Egypt all contain petrified wood. It is most frequently found in arid and desert areas.

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