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  1. Fossils in rock

    Hello, So, I've mentioned several times a rock that I found at my old house and found fossils in. Today, I can now tell you that I'm finally done looking at and going through the Rock. In total, inside the rock, I found two gastropod shells, seven bones that were most likely from a fish, and a whole lot of petrified wood. It's amazing that all this was inside a small 3 to 5 pound rock! Pictures will be coming shortly. I can't really do it from my phone, and my laptop went missing. I'm trying to find it. As soon as I get the pictures, I will post them. Jared
  2. Petrified Wood?

    This small specimen was said to be a naturally polished petrified wood found in a river at Liaoning, China. I cannot find any tree rings or wood features. The surface does however has some irregular patterns. Do you think this is simply a geological specimen or a fossil? It measures 6x4x3cm.
  3. Jasperized Petrified Wood?

    I have a decent collection of petrified wood I've found here in Utah mainly Triassic Chinle, Jurassic Morrison, and Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formations. This one has me a little stumped though and I am mainly looking to see if anyone has seen something similar to this. I'm about 80% sure it's jasperized petrified wood. Possibly an old rotting log. This was found near Park City, Utah in Keetley volcanic strata. The locality is not from the ash deposits that produced the nice Silver Creek Junction petrified wood (now extinct under commercial developments) but more likely from the violent lahar deposits that came later. No scraps of petrified wood were found. Just this. More info here. ANCIENT VOLCANOES OF THE CENTRAL WASATCH RANGE
  4. Well, it finally happened ... made the time to stop off this summer at the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Oregon. Specifically in Hillsboro, Oregon. And wow, WOW .. what a collection !! One that rivals or equals a good number of natural history museums that I have visited. The most impressive was the extensive collection of petrified wood. Some of the slabs could have easily swallowed me. The minerals, as you will see were also quite impressive. Outside there was a seeded rock pile that the kids could dig around in and save their treasures for a minimal fee .. 1.00/lb. The first fist-sized mineral was free. Palm wood from Texas ... Some fantastic corals too ...
  5. Petrified wood or ???

    Hi everyone, I enjoy finding agates and fossils along eroding sections of Crowley's Ridge, a ridge of glacial deposits that runs through eastern Arkansas into southeastern Missouri. I appreciate your help ID'ing this chunk of something. As I recall, it's around 15cm long, around 7cm wide. I'll measure it tonight. Most of the petrified wood I find along the ridge is very dark: predominant colors are blacks, browns, and dark reds. I'll include a couple of samples in a picture below Both of those specimens are 7-10cm across. Both look a shade darker in "person." This is light to medium grey (just a shade lighter than it appears in the pics). The growth/deposit rings look interesting. Any thoughts? I appreciate all information/opinions on the grey chunk or the two smaller pieces.
  6. Petrified Wood

    Hello, I just joined and am curious about my petrified wood! I live in North Dakota. I have a lot of it over many acres however mine looks different than a lot I look up. It’s more light gray dark gray black and white. Any info would be appreciated.
  7. Found this antiquing. Was only marked "petrified rock"..It is black & charcoal gray in color with a vertical ribbed texture and some rounded ends. Measures 6.5" tall x 5.5" x 4" and weighs 8lbs 1.1 oz. Is it petrified wood ? Petrified cactus? Or something else? It's only letting me upload 1 photo. Took pics with phone and guess their too big. Will try to post more.
  8. 1 inch thick and about 1 1/2 inch wide found in gravel from the Brazos river this specimen has a basket weave type grain any ideas of the type of wood this was? on first glance I thought it was a wear pattern but under the microscopic camera it looks similar to a basket weave pattern.
  9. petrified wood?

    small chunk of petrified wood ... found this strange looking chunk of petrified wood in the gravel drive west of Houston from gravel from the Brazos River. It is about 2 1/2 inches by 2 inches any ideas on the type of wood?
  10. Hey there, just moved to Charlotte area from up in CT. I got bit by the fossil bug bad up there in Little Falls NY, fell in love with trilobites and the "just one more." So, having just settled in, I am looking for places to go hunting nearby. I know there's a place in the Uwharrie to find petrified wood, and the eastern rivers have shale and fossil beds, but can't quite find any open or legal locations defined enough to be able to drive to them. In the rare case I can make it to the coast, I'll be beachcombing for hours if anyone can point me to a decent shoreline. I'm interested in any sites to go fossil digging, as well as anywhere to go rockhounding within 3-4 hours of Charlotte. There are so many mines just west of Charlotte that are just the sluice and "buy a bucket", or mines that seed the area with rocks from Brazil and such, I'm looking for a native-rock mine that gives a decent chance. I don't have any machinery (unless a metal detector and UV lamp counts), but I've done my time splitting shale/limestone, and have a good eye for tiny things. I like digging holes in debris piles, rainy days that make things shine, and meeting people covered in mud, doing crazy things just to find a really cool "rock". My move to NC has been amazing so far, everyone is so much less frenzied than up north, and y'all are great! If anyone can point me in a gps direction, thanks!
  11. Petrified wood or something else?

    Found this in the Peace River. In the pictures it looks like a wet piece of wood. It’s definitely fossilized. I’m thinking petrified wood but the color doesn’t look like any prices I’ve seen before? Also, what type of sharks are the last two teeth. I think one of them might be a small meg. If it is, it’s my first meg!!!!
  12. What made these holes?

    Good Afternoon, I found this in a washout in southern Brazos County in Texas. The holes look to me like woodpecker or sapsucker marks that are common to that area, but I have found lots of petrified wood in that area and none of it had holes like this. I have also read that several other things could be responsible for holes in petrified wood. I would appreciate any comments or definite identification of how these holes were made. Thanks!
  13. Opalized Wood?

    Can someone please tell me, is opalized/petrified wood actually fully replaced by opal?
  14. Steneosaurus tooth

    From the album Holzmaden

    A 1.2 cm long Steneosaurus tooth (crocodile) from the lower Jurassic from the quarry Kromer near Holzmaden (Germany). That black fossil around the tooth is petrified wood. Some more pictures:
  15. Petrified Wood Under UV

    From the album Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    Cypress Wood Family Cupressaceae Miocene New Castle County, Delaware
  16. Petrified Wood Under UV

    From the album Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    Cypress Wood Family Cupressaceae Miocene New Castle County, Delaware
  17. Petrified Wood Under UV

    From the album Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    Cypress Wood Family Cupressaceae Miocene New Castle County, Delaware
  18. Petrified Wood Under UV

    From the album Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    Cypress Wood Family Cupressaceae Miocene New Castle County, Delaware
  19. Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    From the album Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    Cypress Wood Family Cupressaceae Miocene New Castle County, Delaware
  20. Petrified Wood Under UV

    From the album Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    Cypress Wood Family Cupressaceae Miocene New Castle County, Delaware
  21. I bought this silver bracelet and I would really appreciate an opinion as to whether the stone could be Arizona petrified wood. I assumed it was maybe picture agate, but a couple people thought maybe it was petrified wood. The bracelet is unsigned and is very heavy gauge silver.Thanks for your help.
  22. I live in Alpena, Michigan. I’ve read and heard that there is or was petrified wood in the water around Sulphur Island and in nearby Squaw Bay. I heard that around the Island, you used to be able to find whole logs of what I think was palm wood. I haven’t been able to find any, but I don’t really know what to look for except I heard that it is black. Does anyone have a picture of pet. wood from here?
  23. I'm becoming a habitual "is this wood" poster... I found this one yesterday on the shores of Lake Washington near an outcrop of the Blakeley formation, and just polished one face using sandpaper. Specimen measures 1.5 inches in the longest dimension and the polished face measures 1 inch x 1 inch. SG is 2.48 by suspension method, +/- 0.01g accuracy. The lighter spot on the polished face is where I got lazy before removing the entire weathered surface.
  24. I've been planning a fossil hunting outing with my son for the next week or two (weather permitting), and yesterday my wife kindly suggested that I scout out the site before I take our 8 year old on a fossil hunting trip deep into the woods where no cell phones reach. So, when today turned out to be mostly sunny and pleasant, I hopped in the car and headed to a location that sounded promising on old geologic maps/reports (by Rau in the 1950s-60s, to be precise). And it turns out that (as always) my wife was correct -- the logging company who owns the land has apparently erected a gate blocking vehicle access to the road I was planning to use to get to the site, which was not on any topo maps including the relatively recent FS Topo that encompasses this area. Their sign said it was fine to hike in as long as I didn't remove any "special forestry products." Pretty sure fossils don't qualify! I was originally planning to start with what Rau called "Tl-3," one of the lower (geologically) members of the formation, but in light of having to hike instead of drive, I opted for a closer member, Tl-5. After a short walk on the road, I struck out for the stream I was targeting through the woods. This is the part where I'm pretty sure my son would not be capable of pushing through the underbrush on steep and soggy stream banks, so I'll have to find another site for next time, preferably within easy walking distance of a logging road I'm allowed to drive on. When I reached the first exposure of the formation, I could see clear evidence that I wasn't the first person to visit this site (no surprise there), in the form of piles of debris at the base of the bank and a few clear empty spherical gaps in the outcrop. But, I had no trouble finding many small concretions (shells or nothing, I assume?), one large misshapen one (maybe not even a proper concretion?), and one nice looking one that I assume contains a crab, so I suspect no one had been there since the most recent tree-falls and rockslides. I scrambled up, down and along the bank for about 45 minutes, collecting any concretions or fossils I saw either exposed or lose, but did not attempt to expose anything new (maybe next time!). I found a very nice piece of fossilized wood in the debris pile, too, which I can only assume previous visitors to the site mistook for ordinary wood. I am tired and dirty and need to do some household chores, so I will save the whacking of concretions for another day, and probably not do the (likely) crab at all until I have the proper tools to prepare it right. First I'll attach the complete collection of finds, then add a few closeups of the wood in the thread below.
  25. Petrified wood with iron vein?

    Found this on the beach the other day along Puget Sound north of Seattle, and I just polished one face a bit (first photo) with some sandpaper to see the un-weathered stone. Is this siltstone, petrified wood, something else? Has anyone seen one with iron like this? Edit: I sanded it some more and took another photo. Pretty sure this is wood, based on the grain, but I'm no expert!