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'The Petrified Forest'

Ern Mainka

Melbourne, Australia

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The Petrified Forest, Cape Bridgewater, Victoria, Australia.

There are a number of theories about how this surreal landscape of calcified sediment was formed. One of these is that a forest was smothered by a large sand dune and water seeping down through the sand formed a crust of sandstone on the outside of the tree trunks. This process decayed the organic matter, leaving behind the ‘petrified trunks’.

Another theory says that they are Rhizoconcretions-calcrete structures caused by the filling of hollows in an ancient sand dune system.

The close spacing between them suggests to me that they were not trees – but an ancient petrified forest sounds more romantic and the name has become entrenched over time perpetuating perhaps a myth.

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