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How did the Forest Become Petrified?

avatar   Scott

Posted On 10/08/2020 08:59:07

Petrified Forest | Petrified Forest National Park | Painted Desert | Arizona | Desert | Geology | Forestry

How did the Forest Become Petrified?


Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park and Rainbow Desert are in the northeastern quadrant of the state. With two very different sides to the park, it almost feels as if you are getting to visit two different parks in one! And, Route 66 was even built to drive right through this very interesting land.

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Have you ever wondered how the Petrified Forest happened?

When visiting the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, we learned that there was a great landslide millions of years ago. A flood in the mountains caused timber to float down a great torrential river into the low lands. At the time, the land was covered with sand and soil, so the timber did not rot over the years. As the fibers of the trees were replaced with minerals from the soil and sand, they became petrified. In later geologic time periods, they were uncovered as the arid land dried out and the sand was blown away.

Where are your favorite petrified forests located?

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