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National Park Mystery Photo 16: Something Curious This Way Came

What is this, and where is it?

It seems to be flat, and it's certainly colorful, but what exactly is it? Answer that question and you'll know how it came to be.

Bonus points if you know where it is.


Is it a knot from a Redwood Tree in Redwood Forest CA?

It is not, but now that you mention it, I can see the similarities....

It is fire wound on the tree.

Afraid not.

I think it could be a piece of volcanic glass or a very large piece of amber. First from a volcanic eruption and the second from sap of a tree that has fosilized.

Is it petrified piece of wood in the Petrified Forest National Park?

Looks like a layer of sedimentary rock has peeled off of the base layer. The lines in the base are reminiscent of rock that has been scrubbed by a glacier.

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