Once I was scared, oh, I was petrified…na na na nanaaa na…I WILL SURVIVE! Yeah, sorry-I clearly do not know the lyrics to this song. I think this song was probably stuck in my head the whole time during this trip because my dad had kept saying just how much he wanted to go see the Petrified Forest National Park. It sounds soo geeky, I know, but come to think of it-it’s actually pretty darn cool. It’s actually quite mind-boggling, not going to lie.
For anyone actually interested, petrified woods form over MILLIONS of years. They’re actually fossils. I’m going to get into some detail here-bear with me. Most of these trees are buried by river sediments when they die. The groundwater sediment, usually rich in dissolved solids, flow through the plant material and replace the plant debris, thus forming the petrified woods.
Here, take a look.
Cool, right?! This whole tree is fossilized-hard to believe that millions of years ago this was probably some lush forest with rivers and dinosaurs.
So much of the landscape has changed over the course of many centuries, but you can still see remnants of all the trees that used to populate this once-upon-a-time-forest.
More cool rocks and layers of sediment to indicate the years of evolving this landscape has gone through.
I think it’s safe to say that my dad was content with the amount of petrified woods he saw for the day.
Hope your day rocks! Hahaha.