Why people go to Petrified Forest Namibia?

What so special about Petrified Forest Namibia?? Why people go there??

Is about environment, sustainable.. things? If so, explain me in detail please. Why would couple go there??

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  • 6 years ago
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    PETRIFIED FOREST. http://www.idreamafrica.com.na/what_to_see/petrifi... ''Petrified Forest. Situated 42km west of Khorixas, the Petrified Forest exists in an old river channel and is described as ‘an occurrence of fossilized trees’. It is a large assemblage of petrified tree trunks scattered over an area of approximately 300m by 800m. This petrified wood, app. 260 million years old, is the result of a process called solidification, whereby huge tree trunks were first embedded in sand deposits and thus cut off from oxygen. Silicic acids then replaced the original wooden material on molecular level, thereby retaining the identical organic patterns, but replacing them gradually with quartz minerals. Research has shown that the original trees belonged to at least four different species of Gymnospermae, or cone-bearing plants which flourished between 200 – 300 million years ago. It is illegal and prohibited to remove any, even the smallest piece of petrified wood from this area. Namibia’s unique heraldic plant, the Welwitschia mirabilis grows alongside the petrified wooden tree trunks, thereby adding a living fossil to the petrified one in a unique combination. It is neither a forest in the true sense of the word and neither did any of the trees 'turn to stone'. In prehistoric times huge tree trunks were washed down a river and deposited in alluvial sands. As they were isolated from any air, a process known as digenesis took place and as a result sand that came under pressure through sedimentation turned into sandstone. The tree trunks then underwent another process known as silicification which causes liquids that seep into the wood causes the organic materials of the wood to dissolve and be replaced by silicic acid, fossilizing the wood by transforming it into stone.'' The Petrified Forest was proclaimed a national monument on 1st March 1950.

    http://www.namibiatourism.org/place/petrified-fore... ''In a dry riverbed between Khorixas and Twyfelfontein the Petrified Forest is a large collection of fossilized tree trunks. The forest is situated in a dry riverbed where the wood was washed downstream and deposited 200 000 years ago. In time the logs turned into stone and trunks of up to 42 metres can be distinguished in this forest of fallen trees. The Petrified Forest was proclaimed a national monument in 1950. An attraction within the Petrified Forest is the Welwitschia mirabilis that grows among the trunks. This curious plant is endemic to the Namib Desert and is something of a living fossil as it lives for more than 1000 years.''

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    ''Petrified Forest. www.nacobta.com.na. Declared a national monument in 1950, the Petrified Forest lies on a sandstone rise in the Aba-Huab Valley, affording a fine view of the surrounding countryside. Around 50 fossilized trees reckoned to be 260 million years old lie scattered over an area roughly 800 m by 300 m, some of them so perfectly preserved that it is hard to believe that they aren't still alive. The absence of roots and branches suggests that the trees in the Petrified Forest do not originate from this area, rather that they were carried here by floodwaters resulting from retreating glaciers. After being deposited here the logs were saturated with silica-rich water which penetrated the cells of the trees, gradually causing petrification. THE LARGEST TREES HERE MEASURE MORE THAN 30m IN LENGTH WITH A CIRCUMFERENCE OF 6m & BELONG TO a type of cone-bearing plant which flourished between 300 and 200 million years ago. Still alive, scattered among the fallen trees, are some fine examples of welwitschia mirabilis, ancient desert-dwelling plants, some of which are more than 1000 years old.The Petrified Forest is 58 km west of Khorixas on the C39. Beware the many 'false' forests set up by entrepreneurial locals, especially the 'All New Petrified Forest' further up the road. The real one has a large Namibian tourism brown signpost leading off the road. At the entrance are a pile of rocks that might interest the geologist or souvenir hunter, a few locally made, low-quality crafts, a kiosk for cold drinks, toilets and a thatched braai/ picnic area. Better light and cooler temperatures, mean early morning or late afternoon are probably the best times to visit if you are able to stay in the area.''

    The Petrified Forest. http://www.stayinafrica.com/countries/namibia/attr... ''Type: National Monument, Historical Interest. Time needed: 30 Minute(s) to 1 Hour(s) The Petrified Forest is found 40 kilometres west of the town of Khorixas and consists of a number of 300 million year old tree trunks. Proclaimed a National Monument in 1950 the trees were deposited in the area by a massive flood that occurred about 250 million years ago.

    Source(s): The tree trunks were deposited in a silica rich environment where there was little to no oxygen. Over time the silica molecules replaced the wood molecules petrifying or fossilizing the tree trunks. Visitors to the site are guided by a local guide and will be able to see approximately 50 tree trunks - the biggest one being 30 metres long, as well as various Welwitschia plants.
  • 4 years ago

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    Is about environment, sustainable.. things? If so, explain me in detail please. Why would couple go there??

    Thanks in advance

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  • 4 years ago

    Well, if it's the same type of tree, and it's had the same amount of time, then by all means their should be. Admitidly, this is just an educated guess, but it seems logical to me.

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