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Petrified Bark | Wolf Wood | White Wood Stump

Wolf Wood

The second-largest fossil forest of its age(200 million years = Late Triassic) in North America, and possibly in the entire world, is deep within the bowels of the Land of Secrets. It has no official name and lies mostly within an unnamed wash flowing into a creek bed that is so remote that few people know of its existence.

The petrified wood in this area is primarily from two extinct tree species Araucarioxylon arizonicum and Woodworthia arizonica found in the reddish deposits of the Chinle Formation. There are long exposed logs and chunks washed longer distances by erosion water. They are a distinctive black color.
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