George F. Beck

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An account of a fossilized log at Ginkgo Tree State Park written by the man who discovered the fossil trees and established there were Ginkgo trees in North America in the distant past.

The booklet is written from the perspective of one of the fossilized trees, tracing the geologic forces that led to it becoming a fossil.


George Beck taught geology courses at Washington State Normal School and Central Washington College of Education (predecessors to Central Washington University), 1925-1959. He was the co-discoverer of the petrified forests of central Washington and largely responsible for the establishment of Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park in Vantage, Washington. During his career, he published numerous articles on his findings and served as the editor of Fossil Woods of the Far West. Prior to his death he was known to have the largest collection of petrified hardwood in the United States.


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