Petrified Forest National Park


Petrified Forest National Park
a national park in E Arizona: buried tree trunks turned to stone by the action of mineral-laden water. 147 sq. mi. (381 sq. km).

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National park, eastern Arizona, U.S. Established as a national monument in 1906 and as a national park in 1962, it has an area of 146 sq mi (378 sq km).

It features extensive exhibits of petrified wood in several "forest" areas, fossilized leaves, plants, and broken logs, and the Painted Desert. Other features include petroglyphs and ancient Pueblo Indian ruins.

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 desert area containing plant and animal fossils and archaeological sites in eastern Arizona, U.S., 19 miles (30 km) east of Holbrook. Established as a national monument in 1906 and as a national park in 1962, it occupies an area of 146 square miles (378 square km).

 The park features extensive exhibits of petrified wood in several “forest” areas, which are the remains of ancient tropical groves. The park includes the Black Forest in the Painted Desert, a badlands region of colourful wind-eroded hills near the north entrance, where Pilot Rock (6,235 feet [1,900 metres]), the park's highest point, is located. Other sections of the park (Blue Mesa and Jasper, Crystal, and Rainbow forests) are filled mostly with fossilized leaves, plants, and broken logs. Some animal fossils also have been found, including those of dinosaurs dating to the Triassic Period (248 to 206 million years ago). Among other park features are petroglyphs (such as Newspaper Rock) and the ruins of ancient Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) pueblos, notably the Puerco Indian Ruin, just south of the Painted Desert, and the Rainbow Forest Museum, near the south entrance.

      The park's elevation, which averages about 5,800 feet (1,800 metres), and its annual precipitation, which is less than 10 inches (250 mm), are the primary factors in determining the type of plant and animal life. Many of the plants are small and inconspicuous, but some plants blossom in the spring—yuccas, mariposa lilies, and cacti—and others provide summer flowers—asters, rabbit brush, and sunflowers. Wildlife includes coyotes, bobcats, antelope, rattlesnakes, lizards, and a variety of birds, notably the horned lark, rock wren, and phoebe.

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