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Old Jun 25, 2015, 10:15 AM   #1
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I happened to visit this park maintained by the Geological Survey of India, at Thiruvakkarai near Pondichery, Tamil Nadu, India.

Formed by a slow process of deposition of minerals on petrified wood buried millions of years ago, these rocks offer a rare sight. Even the annular rings of the tree is visible, as you can see. It is believed that these trees are not native to this place, but must have been carried and deposited here at a time of heavy flooding in the distant past.

This section is more than 15 ft long:


A scattered exhibition of wood unearthed in this region:


Wood or rock? This one looks and feels like rock:


Wood or rock? This one looks feels like rock but certainly looks like wood:


A more formal exhibition of the fossilized wood:


Hope you like these. C&C most welcome.
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Nice shots Raghu.

We have the Petrified Forest National Park in the states but I have never been.
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Thanks, Jim. I have not visited the forum for quite some time now, and I see you have posted quite a lot. Will see them at leisure.
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Beutiful and interesting. The first one looks like a tree that's only fallen recently.
You say millions of years, do they know the real age? (approximately)
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Thanks Rudi. They say it could be 20 million years!
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