Fossilised tropical wood turned into Jasper

Fossilised tropical wood turned into Jasper

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Caption: Fossil wood. Macro view of a sample of fossilised wood. This wood, from a fast-growing, tropical, flowering shrub, has turned into a type of rock called jasper. Fossilisation is caused by gradual deposition of minerals by water flowing through dead organic remains. Jasper is formed from extremely fine-grained crystals of quartz (silica, SiO2), and is sometimes polished into gemstones. Sample from the West Indies. Magnification x3 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: chalcedony, fossil, fossil plant, fossil wood, fossils, jasper, palaeontology, paleontology, plant, plants, quartz, rock, type, wood

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