This is no bowling ball: it’s actually fossilized wood

Have you ever seen such a beautiful bowling ball? Err, wait, this is not a bowling ball at all. This is actually what a polished sphere of fossilized wood looks like, and it’s damn brilliant.

This image was shared on Reddit this week and has already amassed more than 1 million views on Imgur due to its sheer radiance.

If you didn’t know wood could ever look like this, it’s because it takes years — millions — for it to become petrified. All the organic materials have been replaced with minerals which happens when the wood (or tree, to begin with) is buried under sediment or volcanic ash.

If stuff like this interests you, you should look into travelling to Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park, one of the most amazing places in the U.S. The park is home to fossilized trees that lived in the Late Triassic era, about 225 million years ago.

Via Reddit

Fossil wood
Petrified trees

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. She’ll remind you she’s a vegan every chance she gets. Her IG is filled with doggo pics: @patty_pottymouth