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Added in: november 2016
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Geology site description:

Khao Phra Bat Forest Park, or as known as Bantak Petrified Forest Park, is where the largest petrified tree in Asia was discovered. The park spreads over an area of 30 square kilometres.

The discovered petrified wood measures 2 metre in diameter and 72.22 metre long. It is the largest petrified wood ever discovered in Asia and the longest worldwide. Remains of this tree absorbed groundwater containing silicate, gradually replacing the molecules of tree one by one. 

Tens of petrified trees were found during geological explorations. Some logs from seven out of eight pits were dig up and displayed at the tourist attraction, which was developed subsequently. Six of the logs belong to Koompassioxylon elegans and two belong to Pahudioxylon sp.    

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Bantak Petrified Forest Park is located at Moo 7, Tak Ok Sub District, in the area of Mae Salid-Pong Daeng National Forest, around the 443rd kilometre on Highway No. 1, Phaholyothin Road. There is a guidepost on the right, opposite to Bantak Hospital. The park is about 2.5 kilometre away from Phaholyothin Road. 

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