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The Petrified Forest Park

The Petrified Forest Park 

μεγέθυνση φωτογραφίας - Περιήγηση επισκεπτών στο Πάρκο Απολιθωμένου Δάσους

μεγέθυνση φωτογραφίας - Απολιθωμένος κορμός προγονικής μορφής Σεκόιας (Taxodioxylon gypsaceum) με ύψος 4,50 μ. και περίμετρο 3,70μ.

μεγέθυνση φωτογραφίας - Ο μεγαλύτερος ιστάμενος απολιθωμένος κορμός την Ευρώπη που ανήκει στην οικογεένια των Ταξοδιειδών με ύψος 7,20 μ. και περίμετρο 8,50μ.

A tour of the Petrified Forest Park, an unparalleled monument around the world, is a unique experience. The plethora of standing fossilized trunks, and their excellent state of preservation impresses visitors.

The park is accessible via a 5 km long paved road which starts from the 15th km mark of the Antissa-Sigri road.

The region in which the Park was established in 1987 has been referred to as "Kiria Apolithomeni" (Main Fossil site) since the 18th century. This site is the first visiting park of the Petrified Forest, covering an area of 286 hectares. Integrated interventions for the protection and preservation of the fossils have been conducted over the years.

Visitors to the park can tour an entire mountainside along specially constructed trails. During the tour visitors can view the unique displays of Protopinaceae, ancestors of the modern-day pine tree, grouped in small clusters. Most of the fossilized trunks belong to the Taxodiaceae, forerunners of the present-day sequoia which grows on the west coast of the United States. The largest lying coniferous trunk (longer than 20 meters) and the large standing sequoia trunks belong to this family.


 Map of the Petrified Forest
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