Hubbard Basin Petrified Wood: This spectacular slice of fossil wood is from the Hubbard Basin in Northern Nevada. This ancient forest grew up on the banks of a collapsed volcano which had become a lake. When the trees died they fell into the lake to become petrified by the silica-rich water. Mineral deposits in the water became the coloring agents that gave this wood its rich colors, especially the vibrant and rare blue shades for which it became famous. Hubbard Basin fossil wood has been sought after by collectors for many years, however this fabulous deposit is now depleted. So no more of this treasure will be found. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a slice of this coveted petrified wood in a beautiful work of original art.
The Hawaiian name "Mauna Loa" means "Long Mountain." This name is apt, for the subaerial part of Mauna Loa extends for about 120 km (74 mi) from the southern tip of the island to the summit caldera and then east-northeast to the coastline near Hilo.
Mauna Loa is among Earth's most active volcanoes, having erupted 33 times since its first well-documented historical eruption in 1843. It has produced large, voluminous flows of basalt that have reached the ocean eight times since 1868. It last erupted in 1984, when a lava flow came within 7.2 km (4.5 mi) of Hilo, the largest population center on the island. Mauna Loa is certain to erupt again, and with such a propensity to produce large flows, we carefully monitor the volcano for signs of unrest.