Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book Review 293: Petrified Wood

This month, after intending to do it for the past 50 years, I visited the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest. Had the park pretty much to myself, too. At Rainbow Forest, I picked up several books, including:

PETRIFIED WOOD: The World of Fossilized Wood, Cones, Ferns and Cycads, by Frank J. Daniels. 170 pages, illustrated. Western Colorado, $75

“Petrified Wood” is aimed at collectors – pretty pictures and not much else. The text is accurate, so far as it goes, which is not very far.

There is almost nothing about lithology, nothing about botany. No maps, although the specimens pictured come from all over.

If the pictures were outstanding, the book could stand as a coffee table book for the incurious. They are not, so at the price, it was a poor bargain.

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