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GIANT ARIZONA RAINBOW PETRIFIED WOOD TABLE - 218M YEARS

Catalogue: Fine Art: Geological   item# 659496 (stock# T1343)

GIANT ARIZONA RAINBOW PETRIFIED WOOD TABLE - 218M YEARS
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Treasures Of Our Past
480-596-3700


REDUCED TO $69,000 FROM $82,500.00 January 14, 2009 

This is an absolutely amazing, single piece, specimen (90 inches x 64 inches) of the now rare Arizona Rainbow Petrified wood which is itself 218 million years old! This specific piece was cut from a 21 ton piece that was discovered in about 1993 on the Paul Sells ranch which borders the Petrified Forest National Park to the east in northern Arizona. The piece was from the lower portion of the tree which included that portion which flared out as part of the stump. This particular piece was obtained as a horizontal slice through that base with a, yes, 150 inch diameter diamond saw. It was subsequently stabilized and then hand polished over many, many months.

Why is this so rare?

Petrified wood in general is not a rare substance as it is literally found all over the world. What is not common is the survival of very large pieces and the occurrence of the proper environment to create bright vibrant colors. There are three major reasons very large (in excess of three feet wide or four feet long) specimens are so rare; two are natural and one is political. First very specific conditions have to occur in order to create any petrified wood. These involve volcanic activity, a wet marshy environment and the presence in the soil and volcanic ash of very specific minerals which will become the source of the colors. Virtually all large petrified wood occurs in dull colors such as browns, blacks, white or combinations of those because the proper minerals were not present to impart the colors. Then it takes a hundred million years or so for the wood, mud and minerals to "cook." In other places, such as Russia where the minerals were present the actual trees which became petrified were relatively small so no very large pieces. Secondly, because the process is created by volcanic activity there are and continues to be earthquakes. Those earthquakes, and the uplift of the Colorado Plateau sixty million years ago, caused the brittle quartz rock-like logs to break up into relatively small pieces, a surviving four foot long piece now becoming a big piece.

There are though two specific locations that did have the necessary combination of size and minerals - Argentina and Arizona. With respect to Argentina - if one wants to get some big brightly colored pieces one will have to move there because Argentina considers all of that material to be a National Treasure and therefore it cannot be exported. Game over! That leaves Arizona which had enormous examples of a now extent type of pine tree known as Araucarioxylon arizonicum from the Late Triassic (200 to 250 million years ago) paleo-ecosystem. Some of these trees exceeded 100 feet in height and 10 feet in diameter. As many people know the land now designated as the Petrified Forest National Park was set aside by President Teddy Roosevelt on December 8, 1906 as a National Monument and made a National Park on August 25, 1916. The boundaries of the park were selected based on where there were large specimens and logs exposed on the surface. This resulted in a strange very long (about 50 miles north/south) and very narrow (about 10 miles east/west) park. What in fact was present was a large gentle sloping dome with only the top (the park) portion eroded enough to expose the logs - in fact the major deposits of petrified wood were just below the surface and to the east of the designated park. That area has been private property known as the Paul Sells ranch.

Which brings us to the political reason of the rarity of the large specimens. The large logs which were commercially available, one of which this table was made from, had to come from private property therefore the Sells ranch. On December 3rd 2004 President George W. Bush signed a bill that authorized expanded boundaries for the Petrified Forest National Park, more than doubling the size of the park, from 93,533 acres to 218,533 acres. With that legislation a moratorium went into effect prohibiting the removal of any more petrified wood from the lands to be added to the park - in an instant the known supply was totally gone (Game almost over).

The table, mounted on a base of bristlecone pine, offered here is already rare and in the next few years will significantly escalate in value as the lack of supply is realized and the demand increases because of its rarity. The table can be used as a dining table or an office conference table that really makes a statement. This is a rare opportunity to purchase what will become an amazing family heirloom to be passed down from generation to generation. It is assured that there will not be another one like this next door, across town or most anywhere else.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS SPECIMEN CAN BE HUNG ON A WALL AS A TREMENDOUS PIECE OF ART. OBVIOUSLY IT TAKES SPECIAL PREPARATION TO ASSURE SUCCESS AND WOULD BE DONE ON A COST BASIS.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE.

DELIVERY AND SETUP IN CONT US OR CANADA INCLUDED IN STATED P

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