Mississippi

 

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Mississippi State Geological Symbols
Type
Symbol
Year Est.
State Stone
Petrified Wood
1976
State Fossil
Prehistoric Whales
1981

 

State Stone: Petrified Wood

Petrified wood is not actual wood, however it was wood at one point. Petrified wood is a fossil that formed from pieces of wood that have been mineralized. Mineralization is a process where groundwater moves through the wood and replaces all of the wood molecules with molecules of other substances, most often silica (i.e. quartz). This means that petrified wood actually isn't wood anymore, but a fossil of the former wood.

 

Related: Arizona State Fossil - Petrified Wood (Araucarioxylon arizonicum); Louisiana State Fossil: Petrified Palmwood; North Dakota State Fossil: Teredo Petrified Wood; Texas State Stone: Petrified Palmwood; Washington State Gem: Petrified Wood


State Fossil: Prehistoric Whales


 

References

https://statesymbolsusa.org/states/united-states/mississippi


Geology of Mississippi's National Parks

Through Pictures

(at least the one's I have been to)