Petrified wood on display in Natogyi

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Petrified sal trees and their pieces also known as fossilized shorearobusta are mainly mined in Natogyi of Upper Myanmar and exported to China in the past. However, as businessmen in China are trying to buy the rare natural resources at lower prices, local people in Natogyi are now beginning find new markets for their local products.An exhibition of art works of fossilized sal trees is being opened at the compound of Tree Jade Company of U Min Shwe in Htanzin Village in Ward-8 in Natogyi.
Millions of years ago, the region was teemed with sal tree forests which later were trapped under ground and turned into petrified trees.
However, it has been only a few years since a market for fossilized sal tree emerged in 2000. Then, fossilized sal trees were mainly exported to China for decorative use.
Sal tree rocks are of five colours including green, red, blue, white and transparent yellow. Green fossilized sal trees are of highest prices among them and exported to China. Transparent yellow fossilized sal trees are exported to the UAE, Europe and India.
Major mines of fossilized sal trees are found in Phayagyi, Tarpel, Htanzin, Daukmoe, Ottwin and Ywathaye villages and the residents of the villages are of living standards than nearby villages as the rare natural resource can be mined there. There are over 20 companies trading fossilized sal trees in the area.
On display at the exhibition are four fifty-foot tall petrified wood each of which worth billions of kyat and bracelet, beads, necklaces, statues and decorative tile made of petrified wood.
Manufacturing of products from petrified wood is also on display at the exhibition which aims to attract foreign tourists who wish to buy petrified wood instead of exporting them to China, where businessmen buy them at lower prices. U Win Shwe, owner of the exhibition with patriotism, even brought petrified wood trees back from China.

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