Petrified Wood – 15 million-year-old Petrified Tree

Petrified Wood – 15 million-year-old Petrified Tree

Hello Young People. Petrified Wood. Out hiking today near Vantage,
Washington. In the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park. There’s a petrified tree right there. Still
standing! Fifteen and a half million year old tree. It’s been standing here for that
long. It was petrified underneath a lava flow that
was fifteen and a half million years old. The lava flow has been taken away by the Ice
Age Floods, and this stubborn tree held its ground. When you come out here and look, it’s a desert
landscape. We get less than ten inches of rain a year. But when these trees were alive,
this was a dense forest. Studying the kinds of wood that’s out here
– the petrified wood – we know we have a variety of trees that were dominating this area. Those
kinds of forests today only survive in places that have fifty inches of rain a year. I’m talking about the forests of southeast
United States or eastern Asia. The Ginkgo trees are rare, however. More than 50 per
cent of the trees are either Douglas Fir or Spruce. To understand how the petrification process
took place to turn these trees to stone, let’s take a closer look at some of these logs. We’re at the museum at Ginkgo State Park.
Got petrified logs laying on the ground here for visitors to enjoy. It’s petrified! These are logs made out of
stone! And they were pulled right out of basalt lava in the hills. Logs right in the lava. Why didn’t the logs just burn up from the
heat of the lava? They survived because there was water present. The logs were pulled out
of the pillow zone at the base of a lava flow which tells us that water dominated this landscape. The lake water protected the logs from the
heat of the lava and there was so much lava that we sealed off those logs from the atmosphere
so we didn’t rot the logs with oxygen. We had the right ingredients then for petrification
– a lot of water, a lot of heat, and minerals. Silica, from the overlying basalt lava. The
hot water allowed for transfer of the silica into the wood. Soaked into the wood. And exquisitely
preserved the cell structure of these logs. We can then identify the different kinds of
wood – the different kinds of trees – based on the patterns of these cell structures. Petrified logs. At Vantage, Washington.

100 thoughts on “Petrified Wood – 15 million-year-old Petrified Tree

  • So amazing! I've been fascinated with the geology of Washington since I first flew over it a little over 3 years ago. Your videos help me understand what happened. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • ok vulcano but i am saying you change 10 gasses with wich you date somthing how old are so how can i belive it is trie you went from carbon datong to nexit 10 gasses in 10 years not to say dating on same animal are diferent ages and animal die one time not in 10 difrent and no it is not cos of ice!

  • Hey nick, two questions real quick. One, if volcanic, where are the diamonds? Some of these formations should hold diamonds. And could you please give your opinion on soft tissue discoveries in dinosaurs? Or what that is all about? And what something like that would mean to the geological timeline? Alright four questions.

  • Maybe it's a branch of a tree and the trees are actually those plateaus.  The "logs" might be bits of branches from the gigantic trees.

  • 15 million-year-old Petrified Tree??? LOL Bullshit. Carbon dating is not good for more then 40,000 years, that's a real fact.
    You Geologist really spout out to many lies.

  • A couple questions and observations…

    So, it's obvious that 15 million years ago, the climate in this region was very different. Currently, eastern WA is dry because the cascade mountains create a rain shadow effect, while the olympic peninsula has 360 inches of rain per year. Can we speculate that the cascade mountains are at least younger than 15 million years? Or is there other geology / geography at play here to cause this wet climate?

    If the logs were being cooled by water while the lava was enveloping them, do we know anything about where the water was coming from? Is there evidence of any ancient rivers? Or maybe glaciers? or lakes?

    Would it be possible to find fossilized wildlife from the 15 million year time period? Or was that all washed away?

    And a totally random shot in the dark: I'm guessing that the current yellow stone hotspot used to be under eastern washington and it was the source of all the lava flows. Either the north american continent has moved over 15 million years by the distance difference between Eastern WA and yellowstone, or the hotspot itself has moved somehow, or maybe a little bit of both. However, if the hotspot has moved, wouldn't we be able to find geological evidence of past hot spots between yellowstone and eastern washington? Have we?

  • Nick – your videos and teaching approach are terrific thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion of geology! I'm a Geology grad from Sierra College in Rocklin, CA and I love every aspect of this field of study – especially being surrounded here in Northern California and Nevada – I'm like a kid at Disneyland every weekend! All the best to you my geologic friend!

  • Can somebody explain please on a simple way how the process of petrification is working…? I understood him exactly nothing…!

  • So the big bang produced a really hot lava .. but in the pillow zone there was enough water to protect the wood , so where did the water come from ?

    On some of the other postings I found on utube they claim is these logs are only 220 thousand years old , not 15 million , a big difference , so who is right ?

  • Is there a possibility that the moai of Easter island was originally made of wood and over a long period of time they Petrified. Maybe the people who built and moved them, moved wood, not stone.

  • 15 million years that is a laugh, look at all the petrified trees found recently off norfolk that are 7,800 years old. Not millions or even tens of thousands of years . People do yourself a good turn and research for the truth it's out there and people that continue to spread lies about millions of year old this and that is keeping you from knowing the truth about the world around you.

  • I own property in Yakima with petrified wood on it. Looked for property in the area to go for sale for the last 10 years for that reason. Clyde friend ring a bell?

  • Aren't trees supposed to be counted by the rings and not by carbon dating? It's obvious carbon dating is faulty because the oldest trees are 5-6 thousand years old based on dendrochronology, which predates carbon dating by 100 years. There is no tree, dead or alive, that existed over 6 thousand years; that is, using dendrochronology as the primary method of dating. This is what we must take into account in order to reach an accurate and logical conclusion.

  • geologists my arse you haven't got a clue see how he trys to speak to the younger ordinance these are leftovers from giants and titans dont listen to his bullshit IF U WANT REAL INFORMATION GO TO MUDFOSSIL UNIVERSITY GOD BLESS THIS IDOIT

  • your movies are very well made and you have a pleasant style, I look forward to see new movies, good luck!

  • Japanese scientists proved that wood can petrify In as little as 7 years. You sir are wrong. Anything past 5000 yrs is merely shots in the dark.

  • The entire "desert landscape" is giant petrified tree strumps you geek! Can you seriously not see that?????
    You point out a tiny tree when it is surrounded by giant ones that your pseudoscience blinds you of!

  • The correct terminology for this process is “per-mineralization” , not petrification – what?? Lol

    What a doofus. That’s not even a word! My iPhone even knows this …
    So much for an educational video. Nice try on the bow tie Though Bozo… it explains everything.

  • So the lava was smashed to pieces by the glacier, but that tree was left untouched. Come on dude, listen to what your saying.

  • As always, Washington State geology rocks. Thanks for another fun video, Nick. GO WILDCATS!

  • I'm glad you explained that it was in a layer of pillow lava. "We had the right ingredients then, for petrification. A lot of water, a lot of heat and minerals, silica from the overlying basalt lava."
    The Universal Model – A New Millennial Science also talks about pillow lava and helps this all make sense. It explains the overlooked ingredient of pressure!

  • This guy is full of shiot , thst is not wood nor is it possible for volcanic rock to was away or Hawaii would be there .

    Why do people BS others , it is as most would never think about because they have never head of it.
    That thing he's calling wood is not wood nor is it rock of a volcano.

    Petrified , yes but not wood .

    Look at the red tin that is there within plain sight , thst was live flesh at one point before the great flood .

    I'm sure that if you DNA test on that you will find mitochondria DNA presence.

  • He described an event that sounds like it took place with the flood, then landmass arose from the waters giving way for life. If you look at the ring of fire a ocean from thedeep could have been present and pushed lands rapidly away from each other, take science with a grain of salt especialy with there guess on age a tree going up several layers of ground indicate the tree was suddenly swallowed by the ground and not each layer is a year but sand and silt moving along with the tides.

  • wait how would a tree not be tirned to ash in a lava flow and why would the lava be washed away but the tree wasnt and why did the petrified tree look like some rocks.

    how come no lava anywhere cools to turn the colors of all the rocks we see if it all came from cooling lava as the earth formed…….

  • Wow! A thick, developed tree trunk out in the middle of a desert environment!!!! That alone tells how massively old the world that WE live in really is !!!!!

  • I just found this in my stream today. Good stuff, informative and fun to watch. If the world is a classroom, this guy is one of the teachers. You just got a new subscriber and I've already told someone else about it, too. Thank you and keep up the good work.

  • The dating methods have all been proven to be unreliable. We have many human artifacts less than 70 years old that are completely petrified. So your assumed age is just that assumed

  • Come on a tree standing for 15 million years lol, we know of big trees of a 100 years falling it makes no sense to anyone, that is if you believe the earth is millions of years old.

  • Those trees came from exactly were he alluded they needed that many inches of rain to come from, southern US. Transported via a worldwide flood to that desert area. You will not find any roots/branches just the testimony of their travel. The log he’s amazed with is standing upside down. Petrification process doesn’t take millions of years… under the right conditions only a few years are only needed.

  • In response of some of the Faith Shackled folks who feel a need to dismiss the physical reality of evolution I have some thoughts to share:  "Appreciating Earth's Evolution" Who says understanding Earth’s Evolution is irrelevant?
    Sadly all too many.
    I often hear people, not just the religious with their paper thin understanding, but educated rational people who superficially accept the notion of evolution, (but who seem to have never spent anytime absorbing what Earth's pageant of evolution has been all about), dismissing the need to learn anything about it. As if learning how to make money and survive in our modern society is all that matters to understanding our place in the world.
    This disregard has led to a general apathy that I can't for the life of me comprehend. Especially considering what an amazingly beautiful, complex, mysterious and absolutely relevant story it is. …

  • Before St. Helens blew there was no petrified forest. A month later a petrified forest. I don't think they time traveled!

  • Acute Logic , You seem like a nice guy, but your explanations make clear you’re suffering from goal-oriented-selectivity, since your responses make clear you are unfamiliar with much legitimate information (at least I hope you don’t deliberately ignore it, that would simply make you a petty liar.).

    Foot prints of hominid, or any creature, or wave ripples and rain drops for that matter, are fossilized by special, even rare circumstances, but after centuries of study they are no grand mystery, here’s a simple summary of what’s known. See,

    Then when discussing fossils you toss around the term rocks, as though all rocks are equal. I’m curious, Do you appreciate the difference between sedimentary rocks and igneous rocks? How about lime stone accretions? What do you understand about that process? For that matter what do you understand about the process that forms fossils? I ask because you seem to think that getting coated by limestone (rock) is fossilizing, when it most certainly is not. Oh and just like there are many distinct kinds of rocks, there are also distinct kinds of fossilization, check it out:

    Regarding your Mtn St Helen’s canyon, 1/40 scale of Grand Canyon? Have you actually investigated how realistic that is? Seems that the vertical scale is more like 1/80 and horizontal (length) scale works out to something like 1/ 64,000 scale of the Grand Canyon. See, for those details.

    Then your diamond business is a bundle of confusion. C14 in diamonds sounded wrong to me so I did some digging around. It seems that traces C14 do occasionally occur in diamonds, but it’s a byproduct of nearby radioactive elements changing minute quantities of Nitrogen inclusions. In our atmosphere C14 is produced by Nitrogen being hit by cosmic rays. Carbon dating is used on organic material that was once alive and absorbing atmospheric C14 through respiration and incorporating it into body tissue and its generally not used for sample over 50,000 years. You might find this interesting,

    Me, I might come across to you as a knowitall, but it’s not my genius at work, it’s my honest curiosity and that I’m constantly researching claims and double checking my memory and the evolving state of the information that’s available. That is also why I’m so enthusiastic about sharing links that can help others educate themselves. Good luck, may learning be your guide.

  • What I have trouble visualizing is how the organic particles escape if they are first chelated and encased by the silica. Just how thorough is the displacement. Have different cuts of axes shown point for point reproduction? How far down in size are the castings? Are nuclei and organelles also preserved? What about instances where soft wood has been found in cores of petrified samples?

  • This a nice story, but how do you really know? No one has ever watched the process take place, so what evidence is there for the process you described? The idea that minerals can exchange places with carbon molecules to form an exact replica sound ridiculous. Is this just another invisible answer of science where an unobservable process is supposed to have taken place.

  • Where did all the label flow go? You don't think lava would burn the tree? These trees ar actually a product of the flood. And they are not millions of years old. They are thousands. We all know this already guys!

  • >^..^< Even thou I am not one of those "Young People" you greet at each beginning, Vary Interesting and Informative, Thank You…..

  • Beautiful. I had no idea about such beautiful aging rings in petrified trees.! Amazing!
    There's petrified tree roots up the road from us (near Yambuk in Australia.) A sandstone cliff edge by the ocean called the Crags..
    Also a beautiful spot…

  • (typing in song) So many videos on youtube to see, flat earthers, new cars and too much skin by the sea….the youtube algorthm brought me here, to…you guessed it…..3 min geology.

  • Giant ants live there under the ground.. 🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜👑👸🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🌙🌕

  • I like the simple, concise format of your video. No extraneous graphics, etc. cluttering the screen. All of that makes it ideal for both my students and myself!

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