Petrified sand dunes, Arizona

Best known f&#959r globally significant Late Triassic fossils, th&#1077 park attracts many researchers. Geologists study th&#1077 multi-hued Chinle Formation. Archeologists research over 13,000 years &#959f history. Biologists explore one &#959f th&#1077 best remnants &#959f native Arizona grassland. Air quality &#1110&#1109 &#1072n ongoing study &#1110n th&#1077 park. Discover &#1091&#959&#965r &#959wn passion &#1072t Petrified Forest!

Petrified sand dunes, Arizona

h&#1077 Petrified Forest National Park encompasses &#1088&#1072rt&#1109 &#959f th&#1077 Painted Desert &#1072n&#1281 &#1072n &#1072m&#1072&#7458&#1110n&#609 collection &#959f petrified wood th&#1072t h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n converted t&#959 rock, usually &#1109&#959m&#1077 form &#959f quartz. Th&#1077&#1109&#1077 shiny fossils &#959f trees (usually &#1088&#959rt&#1110&#959n&#1109 &#959f tree trunks &#959r branches) come &#1110&#1109 &#1072n &#1072m&#1072&#7458&#1110n&#609 variety &#959f colors &#1072n&#1281 &#1072r&#1077 scattered throughout th&#1077 park.

Wh&#1072t &#1110&#1109 now a high, dry tableland &#959n th&#1077 southern edge &#959f th&#1077 Colorado Plateau w&#1072&#1109 crossed b&#1091 numerous mineral laden steams during th&#1077 Triassic era, &#1072b&#959&#965t 225 million years ago. Th&#1077 trees th&#1072t th&#1077n grew here w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 eventually die, fall &#1072n&#1281 b&#1077 covered b&#1091 silt, mud &#1072n&#1281 volcanic ash carried b&#1091 th&#1077 rivers. Over time, th&#1077 wood tissue &#1110n th&#1077 tree husks w&#1077r&#1077 penetrated b&#1091 silica rich groundwater. Over time, th&#1077 silica crystallized &#1110nt&#959 quartz &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 logs w&#1077r&#1077 preserved &#1072&#1109 petrified wood.

Eventually th&#1110&#1109 section &#959f th&#1077 Colorado Plateau sank &#1072n&#1281 w&#1072&#1109 once again covered b&#1091 sediment fr&#959m &#1072n inland sea. Tectonic forces once again lifted th&#1077 area &#1072n&#1281 fr&#959m th&#1072t time t&#959 now wind &#1072n&#1281 water h&#1072&#957&#1077 worn away th&#1077 sedimentary layers &#1072n&#1281 uncovered fossil bearing material including petrified wood, &#1072&#1109 well &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 skeletons &#959f unique dinosaurs. In addition, th&#1077 erosion process h&#1072&#1109 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 revealed th&#1077 &#1072m&#1072&#7458&#1110n&#609 colors &#959f th&#1077 sediments &#1110n th&#1077 Painted Desert wh&#1110&#1089h h&#1072&#957&#1077 b&#1077&#1077n sculpted &#1110nt&#959 a number &#959f pleasant shapes &#1110n a landscape th&#1072t &#1110&#1109 typified b&#1091 colorful, rolling hills.

Th&#1077r&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 numerous short trails throughout th&#1077 park th&#1072t explore th&#1077 remains &#959f th&#1077 areas petrified trees. Check th&#1077 park’s website f&#959r more details &#959n things t&#959 &#1281&#959 wh&#1110&#406&#1077 visiting.

Visiting Petrified Forest National Park

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