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2014-07-08 11:06:58

AGI Tucked high in the Andes Mountains of northern Peru is a remarkable fossil locality: a 39-million-year-old petrified forest preserved in nearly pristine condition: stumps, full trees, leaves and all. With its existence unknown to scientists until the early 1990s — and its significance unbeknownst to villagers — this ancient forest hosts the remains of more than 40 types of trees, some still rooted, that flourished in a lowland tropical forest until they were suddenly buried by a...

26,000 Acres Added To Petrified Forest National Park
2011-09-09 12:06:39

  The U.S. government announced on Thursday it has decided to add 26,000 acres to the National Park Service's Petrified Forest National Park. Congress expanded the boundaries of the park in 2004 from 93,500 acres to about 218,500 acres but did not immediately appropriate any money to buy the private inholdings. “The National Park Service and The Conservation Fund announced today the conservation of approximately 26,000 acres in northeast Arizona full of significant...

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2008-04-20 12:00:00

PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- Imagine the Greek goddess Medusa was real, not a myth, and that she visited an Arizona forest in the prehistoric past, turning many of the trees to stone with her magical gaze. That fantasy land wouldn't be much different from what you actually see in northeastern Arizona today. Petrified Forest National Park, about 100 miles east of Flagstaff off I-40, is centered around what is believed to be the world's largest concentrations of petrified wood,...

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2007-05-08 06:00:00

SOMEWHERE NEAR YAKIMA, Wash. -- Clyde Friend was bulldozing a driveway around his shop when he first saw them in the dirt: gleaming pieces of the past. A forest of stone, more than 15 million years old. For the past five years, on this hillside above Yakima, Friend has been pulling out pieces of rare petrified wood, no two pieces alike. Branches, trunks and slices in sunset colors. Pieces purple and blue as mussel shells. Pieces like winter sky, gray and white and all the tones in...

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2005-01-25 07:35:00

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Researchers at a national science laboratory in south-central Washington have found a way to achieve in days what takes Mother Nature millions of years - converting wood to mineral. The ability to make petrified wood could hold promise for separating industrial chemicals, filtering pollutants and soaking up contamination, said Yongsoon Shin, research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "Wood petrified is very hard and very porous material - it's not...


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