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Florissant Fossil Beds, Colorado
The Florissant Fossil Beds are home to the petrified remains of giant sequoia trees, including this one, the largest known as Big Stump.
The Florissant Fossil Beds are home to the petrified remains of giant sequoia trees, including this one, the largest known as Big Stump.
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Not all fossils are of animals and next we trek south to the Florissant Fossil Beds, where you can take a break from the bones and explore the solidified remains of giant sequoia trees -- the largest of which is 14 feet across and known as Big Stump. The tree stumps, which are among the largest diameter petrified trees in the world, are still standing in upright positions, just as they have been for approximately 7 million years [source: The American Southwest].

The best way to see the stumps is to take the Petrified Forest Walk, a 1-mile stroll that goes past the sequoias, as well as a former excavation site where fossils belonging to more than 1,700 different species have been retrieved from the Earth.


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