Columbia River for the New York Times

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Shae Moore (CQ) holds a piece of petrified wood her friend, Bruce Howden, believes was found along the Columbia River in Washington on February 8, 2011.  When Bruce bought the property the previous owner had a been a rock collector.  The Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park in Vantage, Wash. is close to his home.  (photo credit Karen Ducey)