Lesvos; Petrified Forest

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2013-05-14; visiting the Petrified forest

On the western coast of Lesvos, the volcanic rocks meet the azure blue of the Aegean Sea, where the lapping of waves has slowly revealed the petrified remains of plant life belonging to the distant past. Let us take this opportunity to familiarise ourselves with another lost Atlantis that submerged in the ensuing "sea" of fire during volcanic eruptions in the Northern Aegean 20 millions years ago. The most noteworthy concentrations of petrified trunks which constitute the renowned "Petrified Forest" are located in the regions of Sigri, Antissa and Eresos covering an area of over 15,000 hectares. Apart from petrified trunks, perfectly preserved petrified roots, fruit, leaves and seeds may be encountered.

The large number of standing petrified trunks with their root system being intact and fully developed, provides proof that these trees were petrified in their original position. Hence, this is an autochthonous petrified forest. The Petrified Forest of Lesvos gives us considerable information regarding the composition and character of the paleoflora and climatic conditions of the distant past. Thus, this monument constitutes a natural document that has recorded the geological history of the Aegean basin of the last 20 million years.

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Comments (8)

Chris10 © on July 17, 2013

Dit moet toch wel een hele knots geweest zijn, mijn hemel, wat een stronk Berend! Heel bijzonder om het verhaal te lezen.

Groet, Christien.

bdeh on July 17, 2013

Het zijn enorme bomen geweest Christien en dat zie je goed aan deze stam. Ik ben er speciaal naast gaan staan om de grootte te laten zien. Groeten Berend

© BraCom (Bram) on July 18, 2013

je wilde hem toch niet om duwen Berend :-)

leuk dat je op deze manier de enorme grote van deze boom weet te laten zien Like

Groeten, Bram

Ian Stehbens on July 18, 2013

This is certainly the largest petrified tree that I have seen, Berend. I'd like to know a lot more about the surrounding geology. We see many vertical trees revealed in our major opencut coal mines in the hunter Valley, Australia.

Warmest greetings,


bdeh on July 18, 2013

Dat zou niet zo sociaal zijn Bram, om die boom na miljoenen jaren te beschadigen. Bedankt, groeten Berend

bdeh on July 18, 2013

I was amazed by the size of this stup Ian.

If you google "Petrified forest Lesvos" you'll find some info. Greetings Berend

els f-two on July 20, 2013

tjonge, inderdaad een joekel van een tronk,moet wel een enorme boom zijn geweest... leuk dat je er zelf naast staat, geeft nog een beter beeld zo! LIKE

bdeh on July 20, 2013

Je hebt anders geen idee hoe groot die stronken zijn Els, bedankt. Groeten Berend

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