Petrified wood, fossil specimen

Petrified wood, fossil specimen

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Petrified wood. Specimen of a fossilised piece of wood that has been preserved by petrification. Mineral quartz (silica, a form of silicon dioxide) has replaced the structures of living wood, a process that 'petrifies' the tree (turns it to stone).

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