Petrified wood results when a tree completely transitions to stone. All the organic materials are replaced with minerals, while retaining the original structure of the tree material. Unlike other types of fossils which are typically impressions or compressions, petrified wood is a three-dimensional representation of the original organic material.
The process occurs underground, when wood becomes buried under sediment or volcanic ash and is initially preserved due to a lack of oxygen. Mineral-laden water deposits minerals in the plant's cells, and as the plant materials decay, a stone mold forms in its place. Though the process may take millions of years, under ideal conditions, it can also occur rapidly.
International │ Earth Element
Grounding, Transformation, Calm
Root & Third Eye Chakras
"I grow and evolve slowly, steadily, with strength and patience, drawing from the lessons of my soul's history."