Stephane Michaelis has been importing Minerals and Fossils into the UK for over 15 years. Petrified Wood has always been one of his favourite imports. The beauty and durability has fascinated him all this time, He has now built up one of the largest collections in Europe, with pieces from Indonesia, Madagascar, The US, Cyprus, The Namib and Argentina. Stephane also imports other geological wonders, Selenites, Quartz, Pyrites, Amethyst, and many fossils from all over the world. These are viewable at www.stonefish.biz

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Petrified wood is formed when a tree or branch is submerged in mineral rich sediment for millenia This most probably occurs as a result of a natural disaster, for example where volcanic ash or a mudslide covers a forest. The wood is initially preserved due to the lack of oxygen in an anaerobic environment. Over the course of millions of years the organic parts of the wood; the cellulose and lignin in the trees cells are gradually replaced by the mineral deposits flowing through the sediment or mud. The petrified wood retains its original form and in many cases the trees growth rings can be clearly seen, at a microscopic level even cells can be observed.