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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Fossils ➔ Petrified Wood

This petrified wood specimen displays evidence of a possible wormhole.

Petrified wood is formed when plant material gets buried by sediment which causes it to be protected from oxygen and other living things that would cause it to decay. Over time, dissolved solids carried in groundwater flow through the sediment causing the plant material to be replaced with mineral and other non-living materials. This creates a fossil of the original plant material. 

near Ginkgo Petrified Forest St.Pk, Columbia River
3" h 4" w 5.5" d
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Museum Collection

Discovery Kit: Fossils (October 25 2019)
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.        

Virtual Discovery Kit: Fossils (April 2020)
Calling all paleontologists! Step back on the geological timeline to explore a variety of plant and animal fossils. Learn all about the science of fossils and how prehistoric creatures lived, ate, and moved about our world.