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Near near Calistoga in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Petrified Forest

 
 
Petrified Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2017
1. Petrified Forest Marker
Inscription. The Petrified Forest, dating from the Eocene Period, is the only known example of a petrified forest in California. Its size, scope and variety of petrification is unique in the world. Opalized wood, obsidian, quartz crystal, petrified coral and fossilized insects number among its wonders.
 
Erected 1979 by California Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Ollie Orre Bockee, Jeanette Orre Hawthorne, and David A Conway. (Marker Number CHL 915.)
 
Location. 38° 33.342′ N, 122° 38.328′ W. Marker is near near Calistoga, California, in Sonoma County. Marker can be reached from Petrified Forest Road near Porter Creek Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4100 Petrified Forest Road, Calistoga CA 94515, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Petrified Forest (within shouting distance of this marker); To Commemorate..."Petrified Charlie" (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); Calistoga Sam Brannan Center
Petrified Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2017
2. Petrified Forest Marker
(approx. 3 miles away); Calistoga City Hall (approx. 3.6 miles away); Mount View Hotel (approx. 3.7 miles away); Calistoga Depot (approx. 3.7 miles away); Oat Hill Mine Road (approx. 4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Petrified Forest. The petrified trees at this site remained buried for 3.4 million years until, in 1870, an intrepid Swedish homesteader by the name of Charles Evans (“Petrified Charley”), while raking his pasture, discovered the top of an old hollow log that was as hard as stone. His initial curiosity led a number of scientists to visit the property in order to learn more about these natural wonders in California. (Submitted on April 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Paleontology
 
Petrified Wood Pile image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2017
3. Petrified Wood Pile
The large chunks that make up this petrified wood pile are left in their natural state. Other exhibits are cleaned with a high powered water spray. This removes the moss and embedded lichens to more expose the color , quartz and detail in the trees.
Petrified Tree image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2017
4. Petrified Tree
These coastal redwood fell like matchsticks in the direction of flow from a volcanic explosion. The source of the blast came from behind the present day Mt. St Helens, seven miles to the northeast. A blanket of volcanic ash covered these trees for several million years. The ground during this time became saturated with water containing dissolved silicon and oxygen or silica from the overlying ash. The molecules of silica replaced the molecules of the wood, turning wood to solid silica, quartz and stone.
Excavated, by Tunneling, Petrified Tree Trunk image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2017
5. Excavated, by Tunneling, Petrified Tree Trunk
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 226 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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