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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood in the world. The park consists of two large areas connected by a north - south corridor. The northern area encompasses part of the multi-hued, surreal badlands called the Painted Desert. The southern area includes colorful terrain and several concentrations of petrified wood, including logs that have been turned to stone. These fossils of Triassic trees formed over millions of year because they were buried in layers of sand and volcanic ash; silicates in these materials slowly replaced the wood, molecule by molecule. Aside from the petrified forest, the southern area of the park has several American Indian petroglyph sites and Agate House, an historic Native American building of petrified wood. Removing any fossils, including petrified wood, from the park is considered theft and is punishable by a hefty fine. Current Internet Travel Offers for Petrified Forest NP...

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