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  1. I found this specimen in a dry portion of a river bed. Have any of you ever seen a piece of petrified wood that looks like this? I'll add a link to a video proving that it is mineral and not just a piece of wood. https://youtu.be/28Y5XUQ223w
  2. Sillimanite, AKA Fibrolite, is an aluminum-rich mineral occurring in metamorphic rock. The long, parallel crystals give it a woody texture and it can easily be mistaken for petrified wood. Sillimanite is the State Mineral of Delaware.
  3. Petrified Wood Struck By Lightning?

    I came into a rock and mineral shop in Northern California and looked around. I saw this on display and bought a few pieces. Is this actually petrified wood struck by lightning? Does anybody know the provenance of this fossil (it wasn't specified). Thanks.
  4. Planning trip to College Station

    I'm planning a trip to take my son, and Paleo Pat and Paleo William fossil hunting around College Station. I know about Whiskey Bridge. I also have heard about the petrified wood in the area, but don't know where to go, or access points. Can anyone give us any tips on locations and access points for the area? Thank you for any help.
  5. I'm planning a trip to take my son, and Paleo Pat and Paleo William fossil hunting around College Station. I know about Whiskey Bridge. I also have heard about the petrified wood in the area, but don't know where to go, or access points. Can anyone give us any tips on locations and access points for the area? Thank you for any help.
  6. Petrified wood?

    Hi everyone! A few months ago I posted a picture of a specimen that was given to my parents when they were visiting their families in Veneto, Italy back in 1987. The person who gave it to my parents said that it was petrified wood, but I have no idea what to look for with respect to petrified wood, so I'm asking for your help once again - this time with better pictures from different angles: "Inside" shot of specimen: Another "inside" shot of specimen: "Outside" shot of specimen: "End" shot of specimen: The other "end" shot of specimen: Thanks in advance for your help!!! Monica
  7. Petrified Wood?

    Found this big chunk of what I think is petrified wood in North Carolina blue ridge mountains. If it is petrified wood is there any way to identify the genus or species I was thinking about trying to enter it in the fossil of the month topic since I actually found it less than a month ago. Thoughts on what it is?
  8. Petrified wood and geode help!!

    Can anyone shed some light on these two specimens. I was given these from my technician last week. They were the possessions of her grandfather, who passed away last month. I told her TFF might be able to provide some info. Thanks for looking. Mike
  9. Pet Wood Extraction Methods

    This is a long-shot, but I'm going to try it anyway. I've found two very large logs of pet wood that I would like to attempt to extract from a creek bed. The soil is very sandy, at an approximate 50-degree angle covered with vines and saplings. We can clear those; that's not an issue. There are a few small trees. We have several tow straps and a come-along and are considering purchasing a cargo net. The problem comes in where if we finally make it up the bank, how do we get it to the truck, into the truck, and back out of the truck. These specimens are probably at least 200# and, while my boyfriend is super-strong, he can't do this with brute force alone, even with my wimpy help. This location isn't a big secret and I'm guessing the reason these specimens have remained in their location is due to our conundrum. Does anybody have any advice as to what methods we might be able to use to get these beautiful logs out of the creek and back to our house? I've seen some pics online showing works in progress but not the full process. We're getting to the point where we're considering going back to archaic methods using a 4X4 plank with the cargo net and still having the issue with getting it loaded up. Are we fighting a losing battle? Is this a situation where nature needs to just be left alone or do y'all think there's a chance for us to remove it? We've even considered donating them to our local historical museum, but we also know they're not going to spend the money using resources to get out specimens that are "that small" compared to some of what they've pulled out of this creek for their displays. Regardless of who ends up with them, they're beautiful logs with branch nodules and wonderful coloration. It would be a shame to let them be completely covered with sediment again (we've dug them out more than once) and hidden from those who find wonder in our natural history.
  10. Green Algae

    Hi, all! New member here. I recently began finding a lot of petrified wood on a nearby riverbank. Some of the really interesting specimens have been sitting in water for a little while and have that pesky green algae on it. I used regular temperature water and a toothbrush to start with, but it became pretty clear that ,with some of them, some very severe scrubbing was going to be involved if that's all I did. At this point, I'm trying to decide if it's stained or if I can get it off. I have no intention of polishing most of them, as I really like the look as-is. Do y'all know of any safe way to try to remove the algae and, in the process, determine if it's stained? I've seen everything from apple cider vinegar to hot water to peroxide. I'm really hesitant to use anything like Dawn or Simple Green because I just don't know what it will do to the color, texture, etc. I HAVE been told that Simple Green is a great place to start, but I thought I'd ask y'all first. I searched the forum first but didn't find anything that seemed to be a similar question. Thanks so much! I really look forward to reading as many more posts as I can besides what Google has already presented me with. There is so much good information here and, I have to admit, I'm pretty envious of some of the finds!
  11. Petrified wood

    From the album WhodamanHD's Fossil collection.

    Petrified wood purchased in Pennsylvania. Location of origin, age, and species is all unknown.
  12. George Houston Dukes Jr, 1961, Some Tertiary Fossil Woods of Louisiana and Mississippi. unpublished PhD dissertation. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College http://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/gradschool_disstheses/668/ http://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1667&context=gradschool_disstheses http://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/gradschool_disstheses/ Yours, Paul H.
  13. Is this petrified wood?

    Hi all, I bought this on Sunday thinking this might be petrified wood, can anyone confirm if that is the case? its quite distinctive so maybe someone knows a little more about it?
  14. Northern California Petrified Wood

    This is a piece of opalized wood from the late Miocene Neroly Formation near Antioch, CA. AKA Antioch Wood. What is the cause of the herringbone or chevron growth rings? Did the tree grow that way or was the wood compressed before it was fully mineralized? I found similar wood from Late Miocene formations in the Berkeley Hills. I also have seen similar wood from the Hell's Canyon area in Idaho/Oregon. Has anyone found wood with a similar pattern elsewhere? Any idea what type of wood this is? The field of view in the photo is about 0.6 inches across.
  15. Greetings from Carbondale!

    This week we found ourselves headed for Carbon County, PA and looked up some places to go hunting. St. Clair was out, but there were some references to Carbondale here and there. As the name suggests, Carbondale was a coal mining town. There are active and inactive areas all over town, much of it fossiliferous. The most popular spot seems to be the one we went to, a tailings pile next to an apartment complex off of Westside Rd. The land status is unknown, but there were was nothing posted, so we ventured in as many have done before us. Our directions said to follow the gravel path between the third and fourth buildings on the right, then bear left and continue to the en of the ravel road, where you'd see a "mountain of tailings." When we parked, I looked from side to side for a pile I expected to be maybe the size of a van. From behind me, I hear my husband say, "Oh, that mountain of tailings." I looked from side to side. No, her told me, look straight ahead and up. Oh! It was indeed a mountain! The pile loomed above the rich grove. How did I miss that? (On a return trip a couple days later, I noticed it also loomed over the apartments!) A narrow trail leads through the woods to a meadow and a bare section of wall just asking to be explored. April was the perfect time to go as all the weeds were down from the winter snows and not yet regrowing much. The trees growing from the wall itself provided just enough footing for me to climb without sliding back down - until I wanted to. Whee! Once I reached the wall, it took me only seconds to spot my first bit of Calamities bark, and then another, and then a complete, 3D stalk section! After about an hour of searching I spotted a limb sticking put of the fine slate crumbs and pulled it out. It was a chunk of Calamites stalk as big as my outstretched hand. I spent a total of about 5 hours over two days scrabbling across a sheer wall of loose shale. Ferns! Leaves! Roots! Seeds! Bark of all different textures! Some of the ferns were incredibly detailed. One had all the miniscule veins outlined in red (pyrite?), while others were just extremely fine impressions in the grey rock. As it turns out, the gravel road itself runs across an overgrown tailings pile. Here and there you can find exposed rock, including bark plates bigger than dinner dishes! After spending what felt like an hour on day 2 (It turned out to be three hours!!!) I decided it was time for lunch and slid down the hill like a little kid. There at the base of the hill, was mu find for the week: a whole section of tree(?) trunk with bark all the way around the specimen. It was lying alone in the woods on some leaves, just waiting for someone to wander off the beaten path. I debated about bringing it home. It was so big! Hubby was snoozing on a nearby rock. Rocks are not his thing and bringing home piles of them doubly so, but he is so sweet that he picked that heavy thing up before I could blink and carried it to the car himself. He's a keeper! It will take quite some time to photograph all my treasures, but I will post in the comments here when I have an album together.
  16. An ENTIRE Petrified forest!

    OK so maybe it wasn't a fossil hunting trip, but I spent this past Sunday helping the in laws dig out the foundation for their new patio! We all know pretty well that when you dig a hole there is always something fun in there, this just happened to be PETRIFIED WOOD! I have found some small chunks of this before, but some of these chunks got to be 25-30 pounds! (11-14kg) The locals all know about the petrified wood, supposedly when the neighborhood was being built in the late 1970's the home builders dug up entire LOGS and TREES and buried them back down so people wouldn't find them. I keep hoping.... The area is also WELL KNOWN to have been home to plains Indians (Native Americans). In the late 1960's and early 1970's while houses were being built you could still find the occasional fire burn spot. Points and flakes abound, yet to date I have only been able to find 1 piece of worked stone. The wood pictured here comes from a relative to the Cinnamon Tree and grew in a very moist, not quite swampy, environment about 67MYO in the southeast of Denver. In the area of this we also find palm wood but it is MUCH rarer than the cinnamon wood. Both types tend to be pretty close tot he same age from what I have found out! The bin holding all of my treasures is a 27 gallon (102L) black plastic bin. The three pieces I pulled out to try and photo, but I just can't get a good shot. The largest piece there has a druzy quartz like growth on the top side! I will try to get a few better pictures. I have no idea what I want to try and do with all of it. The bit in the picture represents about half of what we found halfway though the project! There must be THOUSANDS of pounds in their yard. I would love to see if some can cut and polish it up into cabs. @ynot? @Sacha? anyone want to give it a try?
  17. Illinois Petrified wood?

    Ive been posting a lot in just today but I have yet another stumper! It looks like petrified wood to me, but I could be wrong! (Found in a quarry where a majority of my Illinois finds are).
  18. Possible petrified wood?

    Found this earlier yesterday in NE Kansas. The color, weight and consistency of the specimen is very similar to bone fossil fragments I've found in the area, but the weird shape and lines on the inside say otherwise. It's about 4 inches long and seems not to be broken recently, so I was thinking it was a petrified stick or something of the sort. I'm not really sure of what it is, so do you all have any idea? Thanks.
  19. Petrified wood on chert

    Could this be petrified wood attached to chert/flint? AAA batteries for scale. Size--3" length 1 1/2 "height 1 3/8" thickness
  20. Hi all, Here is piece of petrified wood with coprolites. I sent an inquiry about a year ago to a termite expert who had helped me in the past, but didn't heard back this time. It happens. I don't know if we have any termite experts here in the forum, so I thought I would put this one out there just in case. It was found in sandy soil near the Belgium border at the Buschtunnel, in the forested Preuswald District of Aachen, Germany. What is interesting about this specimen is that it contains coprolites of different sizes and what I believe might be termite balls. I am thinking the larger coprolites could possibly be from a queen/king, but may be from a totally difference species of arthropod. One gallery has tiny ovoid structures that are the right size for termite eggs, but their shape seems wrong, so I am thinking maybe they could be from juveniles. With the exception of the hexagonal termite coprolites, the labels are just guesses on my part. Any insight would be helpful. Also, can anyone tell what type of wood this is? As always, thanks a bunch! In case you are wondering, termite balls are fungi balls that mimic termite eggs. They survive by tricking termites into thinking they are their eggs so the termites take care of them. Fun, huh?
  21. Petrified Wood?

    Was going through some stuff I picked up last weekend in San Angelo along the Concho River and came across this little piece. I'm guessing petrified Wood. Am I on the right track?
  22. Is this petrified wood?

    Hi Folks, 2nd post. I came here to see if I could get a large fossil identified, but while I was taking pics I also snapped one of this weird, possible fossil that I suspect may be petrified wood. Here it is, sorry for my poor camera ability: This was found in some suburban greenspace area near Kansas City, MO. It has a very strong "linearity" to it, as if it was once a section of log. It might be petrified wood, but I'd not be surpirsed to find out that it isn't. For one, it has the linearity I mentioned, a definite orientation to the thing. But the details of this "grain" ar not as defined as I've seen on confirmed petrified wood. It is also suspiciously lightweight and soft, like sandstone, not very dense and hard as the other petrified wood I've seen. I'm taking the chance someone can recognize it. This last bonus item is not a fossil at all, definitely a shale-like rock, also found in KS, any one know what this is? It is strongly stratified, grey, with bronze flecks in it. The point you can see in the pic is of modern manufacture. Thanks for looking!
  23. Well, I figured I might show what I've been up to, but I am unsure as to where this topic fits, so please do move this thread to a more appropriate forum if this subject is not fit for this one, Admins After my recent trip to Australia to see my fiancè and fellow forum member Ash, I had a fair bit of petrified wood laying around. The picture below only shows a small portion of the amount Ash and I collected, but I decided to take and cut the orange chunk in the left of the photo into slabs. I had just recently learned that the local rock shop in town actually had a "cabbing" machine, and in exchange for a few slices, I could use them for free to make cabochons of my own. So after shaping a few up onto "dop sticks", I did just that! I was rather surprised how different they turned out-how stunning compared to the original inconspicuous chunk of wood they originally came from! I also cabbed a few pieces of dinosaur bone the shop had laying around; you can see the end results in the photos below They're not perfect (I am a beginner), but just thought I would share how something that is often passed over in collecting can turn out stunning if you put a little work in The first single cab photo you see is the first one I ever did, and I have just recently had it wire-wrapped in sterling silver (the last photo). However, the last photo doesn't show the same quality as the first does due to poor lighting. Nonetheless, it's been a fun hobby to keep me occupied during the winter months I hope you enjoyed this brief update!
  24. Is this petrified wood? Any info?

    Hello! I don't have a lot of knowledge on fossils and would love your input on this. Is this petrified wood? What is the black area in the middle? I appreciate your help.
  25. Can you tell me if this is petrified wood or drusy quartz or something else? I live in St. Charles County, Missouri, and find this sparkly stuff along with fossils and geodes on my 2-3 acre steep hillside. More photos posted below as my files are too large for one post. Many thanks for your insight.