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Is this petrifying wood?

Denis Arcand

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Denis Arcand

Hundred workers, most of whom were Irish, began excavating the Chambly canal basin using picks and shovels, working 12 hours a day. Despite the cholera epidemic that broke out in 1832, some 600 workers managed to dig two thirds of the canal’s 19.31 kilometers. Now, enough about history, let talk about fossil, the Chambly canal was dig in the Lorraine Group part of the Nicolet River Formation. To the pleasure of the fossil hunter, the canal is empty dry for the winter season, making the bottom of the canal available for inspection. 


This is where I found this bizaroid “fossil”, in quote because I don’t really know what it is. It looks like petrified wood for me. But, if I'm not mistaking, hard wood was nonexistent during the Ordovician period, so this is rising some interrogation about its origin, maybe it was brought over from the query and not the bedrock where it was foundrock anbolder were bring over to make the side of the canal. 




I want to know if it's a fossil or something else, can a courageous voluntary risk an identification? 


note that the "fossil" is hard as a rock , not soft at all.









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Lone Hunter

I'll venture to say it's not wood but sedimentary.  Interesting story about history and to learn I share the same name as the group it came from. :)

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I agree with you, but there was no formation where it could have come from, all other rock are  simply grayish.


Nature sometime does amazing thing, I can not bring my self to trough it out. (-:


Thanks! for you feed back, it appreciated.


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On 9/14/2021 at 8:57 PM, Lone Hunter said:

not wood but sedimentary. 

Agreed. I think it got sedimentated twice. It looks like breccia. Broken rock that was redeposited somehow. Often in an explosive volcanic eruption.

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