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Close-up view of the colorful petrified wood samples in the Petrified Forest state park, Escalante, Utah, USA. This sample were viewed on the Sleeping rainbow trial. It was part of a conifer which were caught in a flood during the upper Triassic epoch. During the petrifying process the cellulous were replaced by Bentonite clays, derived from volcanic ash, which gave it its spectacular colors. Legend says that you will be cursed if you remove a piece of fossilized wood from the area.

Petrified wood is formed when dead trees are buried by layers of sediment. The logs soak up groundwater and silica from volcanic ash and over time are crystallized into quartz. Different minerals create the colors seen in the logs. These petrified logs are at the Rainbow Forest in Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook, Arizona, USA.

"Lesbos contains one of the two known Petrified Forests that exist in the World. Remains of fossil plants, which form the famous Petrified Forest of Lesvos, declared as a Protected Natural Monument."

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