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FOSSIL WOOD IN INDIA: SIMPLIFIER



  May 24, 2024

FOSSIL WOOD IN INDIA: SIMPLIFIER



1. What is fossil wood?

Fossil wood, also known as petrified wood, forms when plant material becomes buried under sediment and is initially preserved due to lack of oxygen which prevents decay. Over time, the organic plant materials crystallize and turn into stone, preserving the structure of the wood.

2. Where can fossil wood be found in India?

In India, significant deposits of fossil wood have been found in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Jharkhand. The Thar Desert in Rajasthan, in particular, is known for beautifully preserved petrified wood.

3. How old is fossil wood in India?

The age of fossil wood found in India varies widely, with some specimens dating back to the Jurassic period, over 180 million years ago.

4. What significance does fossil wood hold?

Fossil wood is significant both scientifically and culturally. It provides important clues about the historical climate and vegetation of an area, helping scientists understand environmental changes over time. Culturally, it is often used in jewelry and as decorative pieces due to its unique and appealing appearance.

5. Is fossil wood protected in India?

Yes, fossil wood in India is considered a geological treasure, and collecting or trading it without permission is restricted under various laws aimed at preserving natural heritage.



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