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Timeless Trees

I have wanted to see the trees in Petrified Forest National Park for quite a while. This was the last national park we visited on our way home and was just as unique as the other 4 we had already visited. The piece of petrified wood on the right looks like someone had sawed it as many of the pieces in the park do. I learned that they look like that because that is how they broke due to the sheer weight of the rock that the wood becomes. According to information in the park they do not know how long it takes for the trees to petrify into rock. It is hard to believe that this part of Arizona was a forest at one time, but scientist say at the time it was a forest 200 million years ago this area was at about the same latitude that Costa Rica is today. It is yet another reminder that time changes everything. Photo by Steve Coyle Photography (