Petrified Forest of Carrucana, Martis, Sardinia

Twenty-five kilometers east of Sassari, in the sprawling center of the Anglona region, lays the stunning small town of Martis. It is here you will find the magnificent Petrified Forest of Carrucana – Foresta fossile di Carrucana.

Petrified Forest of Carrucana Foresta fossile di Carrucana by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life (4)

What is a petrified forest?

“A petrified forest is a forest in which tree trunks have fossilized.

Petrified wood is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. It is the result of a tree or tree-like plants having completely transitioned to stone by the process of permineralization.”¹

Petrified Forest of Carrucana Foresta fossile di Carrucana by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life (1)

The stones sit along the bank of the Riu Altana and vary in size; some with deep holes in the center. Which my friends and I believed were artificial but once we visited the museum of Perfugas we soon learned that it’s a natural process the petrified wood takes on.

Petrified Forest of Carrucana Foresta fossile di Carrucana by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life (5)

Walking around the petrified forest of Carrucana is like walking around on another planet. These huge trunks stones are scattered left to right; some taken years ago from another site close by and some lie in their original state of decay.

Petrified Forest of Carrucana Foresta fossile di Carrucana by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life (8)

What does petrified wood look like close up?

Petrified Forest of Carrucana Sardinia by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life

It looks like wood, it seems like wood but it’s petrified and turned to stone.

How does wood petrify?

I have no idea! But I found a great site that explains it all.

Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life

Sardinia never ceases to amaze me. Around every corner a beautiful surprise awaits the next curious soul.

Petrified Forest of Carrucana Foresta fossile di Carrucana by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life (7)

Have you seen the petrified forest of Carrucana?

Source: ¹ Petrified wood – Wikipedia

15 responses

  1. I missed the petrified forest last time as I was looking for the waterfall not far from that place -http://bit.ly/178IT6G
    Have you been there too? Thanks for the tip!

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  5. Hi, I’ve just been browsing through your blog and I enjoyed reading it. I’m in San Francisco and I’ve never been to Sardinia, but that’s what’s fun about blogs, you can experience a place without actually going there. 🙂

    • Ciao Jill,
      I’m not really good with directions and I don’t drive! I was in the backseat when we went here. Just head towards Martis then ask for directions. Sorry I can’t be of more help. Let me know how you get on.

  6. Keep the interesting things coming! Great and so very interesting, I am keeping a list of the many opportunities to see when we get back there! Thank you!

    Rosemarie
    The Sard/American

  7. Well, that’s a new one for me..I never knew we had those and I lived very close to Martis. Where was my brain when I was young.????????

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