Petrified Wood Gallery

 Petrified Wood is The Soul of a former Tree-Herb Zuhl

The bulk of the Zuhl Collection is composed of petrified wood ranging in size from twigs and stems a few centimeters long to logs over a meter in diameter. The slices of petrified wood on display at the Zuhl Museum are from fossil trees that grew millions of years ago. Most of the slices have been polished to bring out, or enhance, the character of the tree – its original cell structure and growth rings. This fossil character enables scientists in many cases to identify the species and genus of the original tree – a tree that grew millions of years ago.

Petrified wood is created by precipitation of the mineral quartz from groundwater that flows through the wood after it is buried in sediment. Quartz replaces the wood, often preserving its fine cellular texture. The variety of colors of petrified wood results from impurities within the quartz crystals.

Petrified Wood Gallery with 13.5 foot long board slab Arizona Conifer table weighing around 3000 lbs.