Photos by Charles Clever
|Petrified tree samples from this National Park have been
examined by many geologists and they all agree that there are no visible
growth rings while differing on why some samples in other areas of Arizona
have visible growth rings and these do not. Some trees were originally
200 feet tall (61 meters) and nine feet (2.75 meters) in diameter. The
larger trees were Araucarioxylon arizonicum and resemble our modern
evergreen pine tree.
The following samples were in strata contemporary with large animals.
Two things must happen before petrifaction of a biological specimen occur.
1) The specimen must be captivated in an oxygen-deficient environment, like rapid burial under large layers of sediment, to prevent decomposition for a sufficient duration to permit mineralization and an exchange of organic material for mineral.
2) There must be present soluble minerals like silicates, aluminum, oxides of iron, etc. to penetrate the specimen.
Much like a photographic negatives with different densities of gel and immersed in developing solution displaying visible contrast of the gel density, likewise, minerals will absorb in different quantities according to porosity, stratification, and density of the biological specimen.
Where a plant is grown in a consistent environment with stable temperatures and moisture, no growth rings are formed; thus, there are no denser portions to accept different quantities of minerals and NO VISIBLE GROWTH RINGS. No such conditions exist on earth today and growth rings are formed in the tropics; however, petrified palm trees have no growth rings but look like a mineralized honey comb.
These processes are no mystery to a Christian or scientist who believes in a perfect environment before the flood, and who believe the Lord will not take millions of years to evolve another Earth, as the LORD promises in Isaiah 65:17:
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
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