OLD Silver Ore Petrified Wood SILVER REEF DIST., UTAH

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  • Item Category: Natural History
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 07, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

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Silver & Copper Ore Petrified Wood

Silver Reef District (Harrisburg District), Leeds, Washington Co., Utah

3.78cm x 2.37cm x .78cm

Description/Interesting Notes:

A terrific, old time example of silver & copper rich petrified wood from this unusual Utah locality!!! This specimen consists of a mass of petrified wood that is actually a rich silver and copper ore!!! This locality is a unique, old time locality is one of the only areas in the world where the native silver ore was found in sandstone and petrified wood!!! This locality was a boomtown in the late 1860's through the 1870's due to the discovery of native silver found in this most unusual setting!!! Until that time, it was generally thought to be impossible for native silver to be found in sedimentary rock like sandstone and, especially, petrified wood!!! In fact, there is a famous instance where a sample was sent to the Smithsonian shortly after the discovery - and they promtly declared it a fake, although a most unusual one the likes of which they had never seen!!! There are actually stories of entire underground "forests" of native silver petrified trees found by miners!!! Such a natural wonder would've no doubt been a world famous attraction - had it not

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