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Is it true that loblolly is prized for building because it will petrify with age?

Calvin Shomaker

All types and species of pine trees petrify, according to a Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer.

Merriam-Webster defines petrify as “to convert (organic matter) into stone or a substance of stony hardness by the infiltration of water and the deposition of dissolved mineral matter.”

All organisms have the potential to be petrified naturally over time; however, the modern innovation of artificially petrified wood shortens the process a great deal. Petrified wood is produced and sold in many forms such as furniture, art, jewelry and home decor.

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