Petrified

Gili Orr

Haarlem, Netherlands

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This is a close-up photo of a petrified tree, taken in The Petrified Forest of Calistoga, California.

The California Petrified Forest has been a tourist attraction since 1870, attracting visitors as varied as author Robert Louis Stevenson and naturalist Luther Burbank.

The petrification process started over 3 million years ago, when a volcano erupted northeast of present-day Calistoga, California. Its blast was so violent that it knocked down everything in its path, covering it all with pale, yellow ash. Giant redwood trees, over 2,000 years old when they fell, lay buried under the ash, slowly turning into stone, until a Calistoga-area resident who came to be known as “Petrified Charlie” discovered them in 1870 and opened a tourist attraction centered around them.
(Source: about.com)

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