Winslow Journals

Petrified Forest, AZ

A September 1999 trip to Winslow by Rick

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Quote: Petrified Forest is a magnificant stretch of land, full of scenic beauty and paleontlogical wonder. The park features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified (fossilized) wood.

Petrified Forest, AZ

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Petrified Wood Photo, Winslow, Arizona
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Petrified Forest National Park harbours a collection of petrified wood. These are fossil remains of gigantic trees that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. As a result of natural processes like erosion, petrified logs surfaced for all of us to enjoy. The most amazing thing about the petrified logs is that, on the outside, the fossilized bark still very much resembles bark. It's hard not to test the hardness of the material by tracing your fingernail over the surface. In vain, I can tell you, it does not leave a single mark. The inside of the logs however, are quite another story. It's coloured brightly in many different hues, and resembles polished marble or other kinds of cristalline mater...Read More

Petrified Forest - the park

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Petrified Forest is a magnificent stretch of land, full of scenic beauty and paleontological wonder. The park features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified (fossilized) wood. Also included in the park's 93,533 acres are the red-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, and 225 million year old fossils. I will not let three particular sites within the park go unmentioned: Tiponi Point, overlooking the Painted Desert. More remarkable are the small dunes' made of red rock on the foreground. Blue Mesa. At this point it demands a minor walk of a mere three miles an alien landscape. Minute white, call them mole-hills, clay dunes. We were walking among...Read More