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Arizona State Symbols - State Fossil Petrified Wood

Northeast Arizona has an abundance of petrified wood - much of this land is owned by the Navaho Nation, the Bureau of Land Management or private owners.  But, there is a great place to go see the colorful petrified wood - The Petrified Forest National Park.  This park is known for fossils of trees that grew in the region during the Late Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago.  Many other fossils and gological formation can be seen in the park.  The earliest inhabitants documnted arrived here about 8000 years ago and there are over 600 archeological sites in the par

Arizona State Symbols - State Gemstone Turquoise

Turquoise is usually found in mostly arid regions in sandstone layers - which means Arizona is the perfect place to find gorgeous turqouise.  Turqouise is a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum.  It forms when water seeps through aluminous rock where copper and/or iron is present.  More copper results in blue turquoise; more iron results in green turquoise.

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