Saturday, June 4, 2016

Remembering the Petrified Forest National Park

In May 2014, we visited the Petrified Forest National Park.  I am re-blogging some of the National Parks that we have already visited as we are traveling between National Parks currently.

Tippy looking for shade - It's hot

Pieces of the petrified trees are scattered throughout the park.  This dry land was once a flood plain consisting of many streams.  Trees grew along the banks.  In addition to the trees, giant reptiles and small dinosaurs lived here.

The steams flooded and caused the trees to fall and then the trees were covered by volcanic ash to the extent that no oxygen was available to cause the trees to rot.

These trees lived over 200 million years ago.  Over time, wind and water uncovered the fossilized trees.  Pictured here are actual stumps that have not been moved since they were uncovered.

Sites throughout the park tell of human history here for more than 13,000 years ago.  Treky says, "That's before Columbus sailed the ocean blue."

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