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Germany 2003 "Petrified forest of Chemnitz"
Issue Date 07.08.2003 ID Michel: 2358 Scott: Stanley Gibbons: Yvert: UPU: Category: pF Author Joachim Rie, Chemnitz Stamps in set 1 Value Euro 1.44 Size (width x height) 35mm x 35mm Layout MS of 10 stamps Products FDC x1 MS x1 Paper stroke, white, fluoresce, special post papper DP 2 Perforation 13,25 Print Technique Multicolor offset print Printed by Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, Wertpapierdruckerei Leipzig Quantity Issuing Authority Deutsche Post
A massive volcanic
eruption about 290 million years ago in what is now Chemnitz give rise to a
geological feature: the Petrified
Forest. According to recent research, the plants were preserved using
heavy-glowing rock material. In the course of time came silica and fluorite in
the plant cells. They were responsible for the so-called silicification of plant
material into stone. What exactly happened in this rare phenomenon, the science
has not yet been able to resolve completely. The
References in Chemnitz are known worldwide as the oldest and most important of its kind.
As early as the Chemnitz mayor and scholars Georgius Agricola (1494-1555) , who coined term "fossil", mentioned these stones that were once in a polished form as jewelry very popular. Under the leadership of Johann Traugott Sterzel (1841 to 1914) was the end of the 19th Century in the Chemnitz suburb Hilbersdorf systematically dug by such fossils.
Since late 2001, gives the Museum of Natural History Chemnitz fascination petrified wood. Some of the silicified trunks from the region are situated in front of the museum. Since August 2004 the Museum is located in an important central building named TIETZ. The building has been constructed by H&C Tietz in 1912/13 following the French neoclassical style. The historic shopping center hosts now the biggest civic collection and together with the arrangement of the 290 million years old Petrified Forest also one of the heaviest fossil complex.
The design of the stamp chosen was actually the winner of a competition. Other stamp candidate are:
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