Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
This petrified redwood is a clue to a warmer, damper, more violent Yellowstone landscape. Anatomically the trunk is indistinguishable from present-day redwoods in California.
When a chain of volcanoes erupted here in Eocene times 50 million years ago, they triggered massive landslides into mountain and valley streams. The rolling mix of ash, water and sand buried forests. Before the trees could rot, abundant silica in the volcanic flow plugged living cells, creating “forests of stone.”
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 54.933′ N, 110° 26.308′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker can be reached from Grand Loop Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in Yellowstone National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Towers in the Air (approx. 3 miles away); Mt. Washburn Trail (approx. 6.4 miles away); The Forest that Needs Fire (approx. 7 miles away); Forces of the Northern Range Self-Guiding Trail (approx. Wolf Tracks (approx. 7 miles away); Fire – A Fundamental Force (approx. 7 miles away); Seasons of the Range (approx. 7 miles away); Trembling Aspens (approx. 7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. A picture at the bottom of the marker shows destroyed trees on Mount St. Helens after the 1980 eruption. The upper right of the marker features a photograph of men standing near Yellowstone’s petrified tree and has a caption of “Volcanic ash and mudflows obliterated a living landscape yet preserved this tree for the ages. There were three redwoods standing here before thoughtless souvenir-hunters chipped away the other two. The 1907 photograph shows a second tree in the background (before this trunk was fenced).”
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