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tofu
2008-Oct-23, 02:06 PM
I either caught the end of some report or TV show about this, or I dreamed the whole thing. The story is that, as they're clear cutting through thousands of acres of amazon, they occasionally find ancient trees that were buried in landslides thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years ago. The properties of the mud have preserved them, and they can be excavated and sent to a lumber mill just like live trees.

This much of the story isn't too far fetched. I did manage to find this company (http://www.heartpine.org/), which recovers trees from rivers here in North America. But the reason I'm posting this message is that I could have sworn that I heard about cases where they were finding and recovering extinct tree species this way. But I haven't been able to find any more information to confirm this.

Has anyone else heard of anything like this?

mfumbesi
2008-Oct-23, 02:14 PM
I have never heard of such an enterprise.
It would be sad if nobody realised that they were indeed making furniture from extinct trees (the sad part is with reference to the potential research finding one could un-earth from such trees).
On the other hand if everybody is aware and there is no research value for the said tree, I see no problem with that (imagine the marketing potential.......buy this table made from a million year old tree----> your table predates humanity.....WOW).

JustAFriend
2008-Oct-23, 02:16 PM
Sure, people have been doing this for a LONG time.
The wood is preserved from the lack of oxygen.

Here's a company that pulls Ice Age wood out of Irish bogs to make sculptures: http://www.irishbogwoodsculpture.com/

There are also companies that specialize in taking down centuries-old buildings and reclaiming the wood: http://antiqueandvintagewoods.com/products/index.htm

Want a piece of a 50,000 year old tree that grew for 1200 years? Go here:
http://www.ancientwood.com/

NEOWatcher
2008-Oct-23, 02:20 PM
...Has anyone else heard of anything like this?
Yes;






Oh; you want specifics. I'm not sure, but I know it was a big segment on one of those History channel shows (not sure, but it could be modern marvels: lumber or something of that sort).
I just recall the image of a single log taking up an entire trailer (like 8 feet in diameter) being pulled out of the mud and they said it was worth some incredible numbers of thousands of dollars. They went through many such types of things (including the ones from rivers and lakes). They also showed the "locals" who were actually looking for these things.

tofu
2008-Oct-23, 03:28 PM
Want a piece of a 50,000 year old tree that grew for 1200 years? Go here:
http://www.ancientwood.com/

That's exactly what I was looking for! Thanks! The image that NEOWatcher remembers is there on their homepage:

http://www.ancientwood.com/images/photo_removing_ancient_kaur.gif

cjl
2008-Oct-23, 04:29 PM
There are still some related trees around too - with similarly massive trunks:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C4%81ne_Mahuta

NEOWatcher
2008-Oct-23, 06:30 PM
...The image that NEOWatcher remembers is there on their homepage...
Well; no, that's not the image I remember, but it is close.