Ecuador Travel: Petrified Forest of Puyango

Posted on September 7, 2016 • Filed under: Ecuador, Ecuador Travel, Latin America Travel

The Petrified Forest
Bosque Petrificado de Puyango Ecuador reported:
In the humid forests of southwestern Ecuador, not far from the border with Peru, is a marvel of nature: the Petrified Forest of Puyango. Over the course of eons in the early days of the world, thousands of trees fell and were subsequently buried under layers of ash and dirt. These entombed trees slowly turned to stone before an upheaval of the Andes Mountains unearthed them.Approximately

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100 million years ago, fallen trees were covered by a layer of sediment and protected from normal decomposition. Over the ages, mineral-rich groundwater slowly replaced the organic material in the massive tree trunks, fossilizing them and turning them to stone. Many of the trees remained more or less in the same place, generally intact, for ages. Some of the petrified tree trunks are huge, measuring several feet across. Of particular interest to geologists are the fossilized Araucaria trees there. Many marine fossils including ammonites and trilobites have also been found in the Puyango site: the area was once under water. Read Article

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