What is Petrified Wood?
Petrified wood is a fossil. It forms when plant material is buried by sediment and protected from decay due to oxygen and organisms. Then, groundwater rich in dissolved solids flows through the sediment, replacing the original plant material with silica, calcite, pyrite, or another inorganic material such as opal.
The result is a fossil of the original woody material that often exhibits preserved details of the bark, wood, and cellular structures.
Petrified Wood has an array of creative uses, but mostly found in custom landscape design.