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Kaljaia

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Wasco county petrified wood
« on: March 07, 2021, 09:11:58 AM »

Found this the other day.




It's a bit on the startlingly colorful side for Wasco co. material, most of our wood is poorly scilified and fairly, well, wood-looking. The log looks to be in place still, with this as float off one end. Most of the log is red and orange, not the blues and greens on this piece. It's weathering off a ashy welded tuff slope. I am going to see if I can free up the rest of the log and find a good full round in there somewhere. On BLM, so playing by the state's 25 lbs a day / 250 lbs a year rules as best I can estimate :P public BLM too, just in a spot apparently no one's been in a while. My showpiece for "don't believe people who tell you there's nothing new left to find."
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I rock hunt in the Antelope/Ashwood area of the John Day river basin in Oregon.

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Re: Wasco county petrified wood
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2021, 11:14:53 AM »

Well, you certainly had a good day.

It's great to see someone get a nice surprise like that.

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Re: Wasco county petrified wood
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2021, 03:28:44 PM »

Wow! That's nice and colorful.
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Re: Wasco county petrified wood
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2021, 08:01:11 PM »

Wow! I hope to see that one slabbed. That is an astonishing piece!
Keep us posted!
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Re: Wasco county petrified wood
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2021, 08:15:09 PM »

Amazing piece!!!!!!!!!  Congrats.
Is it Opalized of Agatized?
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Kaljaia

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Re: Wasco county petrified wood
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2021, 10:00:33 PM »

Amazing piece!!!!!!!!!  Congrats.
Is it Opalized of Agatized?

I sliced the face off this piece today and cut one other piece- it's brittle, agatized in the middle, opalized on the outer edges, with pockets of zeolite-like fluff that does not enhance structural stability at all :P I need to dig back further and see if there's more solid material still encased in the ash rind! The above piece face-cut nicely and has only one crack so it should hold together fine. I will post pictures once it's washed!
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I rock hunt in the Antelope/Ashwood area of the John Day river basin in Oregon.

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Re: Wasco county petrified wood
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2021, 03:38:38 PM »

Very interesting and very colorful.  Nice find you have there!
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