Petrified Wood is term utilized for fossilized wood. The name is derived from the Latin word "petro" which translates to rock or stone and the word "wood" which directly translates to "rock wood." The way Petrified Wood is formed is when a tree dies it begins the process of fossilization or also known as petrification due to little amounts of mineral deposits that fill the cells of this organism. This process almost always occurs underground. The minerals can come from ground water, lakes, or oceans. They trickle into the pores of the tissue which in time slowly creates crystals within. The process continues up until the cavity is completely filled. When this process occurs enough in an area, the forest is then dubbed a petrified forest.
Petrified Wood can be found in various parts of world. It can be found in the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, China, Greece, Egypt, India, Libya, Indonesia, Madagascar, and Ukraine. The largest area of Petrified Wood in the United States is located in the Petrified Forest National Park located in Arizona. In fact, Petrified Wood can only be found in select states across the U.S such as South Dakota, Arizona, Colorado, California, and Mississippi.
In metaphysical belief, Petrified Wood is said to aid anyone with feelings of being stuck/frozen in time. It is believed to create balance as well as calm energies that feel scattered