"Petrified Wood Is Created at Laboratory - from Associated Press
YAKIMA - Researchers at a national science laboratory in
Richland have found a way to achieve in days what takes Mother
Nature millions of years: converting wood to mineral.
The ability to make petrified wood could hold promise for
separating industrial chemicals, filtering pollutants and
soaking up contamination, said Yongsoon Shin, research
scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
"Wood petrified is very hard and very porous material - it's
not really a wood component," Shin said yesterday.