"Petrified Forest and Painted Desert" United States of America Things to Do Tip by Myndo

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  Petrified Forest,
by Myndo

Painted desert is a fitting name for the area here. Dry and very colorful.

Petrified Forest: well not much to see from the forest- at least the trees are not standiing anymore...
200 Million Years ago there was a swamp developing. The trees that fell in did not decompose, because there was no air in the mud. Slowly the cells of the tree were invaded with silicate water. The silicium replaced the organic structures, and preserved them so. Achate is the stone called.
Have a look at the trees, You can clearly see the bark and the year rings.

This is a National Park and nothing should be taken out of it. You can look at the stones, but not take anyone with you - the park rangers have a close look at that.

Its a good thing, but it looks a little paradox, when you get out of the park and the houses that are built there have petrified trees as columns and fences - painted in white!

Directions: Arizona
North of Holbrook

Website: http://www.americansouthwest.net/arizona/petrified_forest/national_park.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 4, 2004
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