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A forest turned into an iridescent jewel. Fossil Forest National Park in Arizona, USA

Giant trees buried in volcanic ash become colorful jasper A huge tree lying in a desolate rocky desert. At first glance, it looks like a tree, but upon closer inspection, it is a rock. In the “Fossil Forest National Park” in Arizona, USA, there are fossilized trees like the one in the photo lying here and there. These fossils, called silicified wood, are the result of ancient forest trees that were swept away by floods and buried in volcanic ash sand, where their wood components were replaced by silicon dioxide Moreover, the silicified wood here was not only replaced by silicon dioxide, but also took in the iron and manganese […]