Petrified wood preformed rough lapidary slab, 63x44x5mm, natural rare (rs71896)
Ancient petrified driftwood, Peanut Wood rough slab
Characteristics: Brown and creme colored. Teredo castings. Unfinished, preformed petrified driftwood. This is a unique example of Peanut Wood, add it to your specimen collection or make a beautiful cabochon.
Approx size: 63 x 44 x 5mm, Weigh: 18.6g (93 ct)
Peanut Wood is a rare and beautiful petrified wood from Australia. Rare because it is rarely mined, mainly because it required heavy equipment and the lack of water at the location. The lighter areas of the stone are made by a marine wood-boring bivalve, Teredo.
This is an ancient drift wood that sank to the mud at the bottom of the ocean and remained for millions of years. The wood is of several varieties, the main ones being "Araucaria"...a conifer & podocarp.
Found along the edges of the Kennedy Ranges about 100 miles inland from the coastal town of Carnarvon, Western Australia. The geological formation found in makes it around 120 million years old.
First 4 pictures taken wet to bring out colors you may see after polishing. Remaining pictures taken dry to show imperfections if any. If it's transparent one picture is taken with backlighting.
I use a full spectrum 45 w light bulb - photography photo CFL 5500K. It is a daylight balanced pure white light. Slab was preformed by shaping the slab and sanding the front and back with 320 diamond grit, this should make it easier to cab.
A 24mm coin and 10 mm squares in my pictures should help with image sizing.
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