Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
From Wood to Stone
Iron oxides give petrified wood its distinctive red, yellow, and orange hues; manganese oxides produce blues, purples and deep blacks, while the original carbon produces the shades of gray. Centuries of erosion washed away concealing sediment deposits to expose these remnants of Triassic woodlands.
Could today’s woodlands become petrified forest of tomorrow? Geologic forces similar to those of the Triassic period still shape the Earth’s surface, and may create the preliminary conditions for future petrification.
The processes that created petrified wood here ceased millions of years ago. Petrified wood and other fossils are irreplaceable resources to be cherished undisturbed.
Erected by Petrified National Forest Services.
Location. 34° 51.869′ N, 109° 47.46′ W. Marker is in Holbrook, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker is on Petrified Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Holbrook AZ 86025, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Triassic Landscape (within shouting distance of this marker); Jasper Forest (approx. 1.9 miles away); Agate Bridge (approx. 2 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 5.4 miles away); Pioneers of Paleontology (approx. 5.6 miles away); Agate House (approx. 5.7 miles away); Newspaper Rock Petroglyphs Archeological District (approx. 6.7 miles away); Newspaper Rock (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holbrook.
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