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Piles of Tree Looking Rocks


nikkisixx

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Not at all sure what I'm looking at, but we're at my father-in-law's property in Arizona desertnear the river and we found lots of piles of rocks around that look like tree bark to me. Any help?

EDIT: THIS IS THE LARGER ROCK

THE SECOND PIC IS A DIFFERENT ROCK. For ID purposes I will label the large one Rock A and the smaller one Rock B. This is a pic of Rock A here:

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Welcome to :tff: !

Can You be a litte more specific about the location?

Arizona is all desert and has several rivers.

Pictures from other angles would help also.

Tony

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Please take close-ups of the end and the sides to help us determine if this is petrified wood. We are looking for growth rings and a surface texture of wood. To get a close-up you might experiment by taking a photo thru a hand lens.

 

Also, where was this found within a few miles? A locality will help me determine the rock formation the possible wood is from. Near the Colorado River?

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I found them in Parker, Az/somewhere before the Cactus Wilderness Study. Tomorrow, I can probably get pics of the area I found them, if we go back out again!

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You have to reduce the size of the new photos to 3.95 megabites in size. Try cropping the photos. Small parts of close-ups of the rock will help us determine if it is wood.

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I am not seeing petrified wood here. It looks like a piece of jasper.

There is some jasper/agate wood in the Holbrook area (petrified forest), but this does not look like that type of wood.

 

Tony

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Bottom of Rock A-This is the part that screamed "wood" to me. But I seriously don't know anything about it, I'm just here to gain knowledge from the pros. If it's jasper I'd like to know what makes it form this way! ; ) thank you!

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The highly fractured rocks do not look like petrified wood. More detailed close-up photos might suggest otherwise. I have heard that petrified wood occurs in the Pliocene Bouse Formation along the Colorado River.

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Jaspers have a high iron content and usually a bunch of other impurities in them. Some of the rock will be more susceptible to weathering. this can cause jasper to look like it is wood.

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This one looks like a weathered limestone.

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Oh! HAHAHAHA! XD Ty! I get overly excited about my rocks. I wish I had an expert to go explore with me. I just want to know what EVERYTHING is. Lolol.

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Interesting. Might be fun to have that sliced and polished to see minimally the interesting structure/internal colors/banding. Have seen some of these end up being wood but jasper makes alot of sense. Regards, Chris 

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On 11/28/2016 at 1:22 PM, nikkisixx said:

Oh! HAHAHAHA! XD Ty! I get overly excited about my rocks. I wish I had an expert to go explore with me. I just want to know what EVERYTHING is. Lolol.

Most of Us here get overly excited about rocks too!!!

You may try a local rock club. They have people that know rocks and many hold field trips to good collecting sites.

 

What part of CA are You in?

 

Tony

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