Fossilized Wood Pieces
* What is Petrified Wood? *
Petrified wood (from the Latin root petro meaning 'rock' or 'stone'; literally 'wood turned into stone') is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. Petrifaction is the result of a tree or tree-like plants having been replaced by stone via a mineralization process that often includes permineralization and replacement. The organic materials making up cell walls have been replicated with minerals (mostly a silicate, such as opal, chalcedony, or quartz). In some instances, the original structure of the stem tissue may be partially retained. Unlike other plant fossils, which are typically impressions or compressions, petrified wood is a three-dimensional representation of the original organic material.
* How Long Does It Take To Make Petrified Wood? *
Over millions of years, these minerals crystallize within the wood's cellular structure forming the stone-like material known as petrified wood. The wood, no longer wood at this point, takes on the hues of the minerals that fill its pores.
* Does Petrified Wood Have Metaphysical Properties? *
Petrified wood has been used to strengthen the back and align the skeletal structure. Petrified wood may be helpful for balance as it aligns the feet and creates an even gait when walking. Petrified wood may be used in the treatment of hearing loss and incontinence.
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