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When I began work on the petrified logs of the general Vantage area some 13 years ago, it became apparent at once that maple-like woods are commonplace in the main (Vantage) raft forest and slightly less abundant in two rooted units of the Yakima Canyon. So widely do these woods range throughout the structural variations found in modern maples that little success has attended the efforts to assign them to nominal species. The extremes can readily be established but few hints exist as to the boundaries between them.
Beck, G. F. (1944). Ancient Maples of the Central Washington Region. Northwest Science, 18(4), 87-89.
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This article was originally published in Northwest Science.