Petrified forest at Cape Bridgewater near Portland, on Victoria's west coast, Australia. Located at Cape Bridgewater, this moon like landscape is beautiful. An accepted theory is that a forest of Moonah trees was smothered by a large sand dune. Water seeping down through the sand formed a crust of sandstone on the outside of the trunks. The trunks decayed leaving behind petrified trunks. June 2003.
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Hmm. Might be an 'accepted theory', but if you look at the picture you have to wonder how so many trees grew so close together. It would seem a more reasonable theory to say that they were washed into a localised area by a catastrophic large water movement of a massive flood, and rapidly buried with sand as part of that same turbulent event.
There is an interesting discussion of the Yellowstone petrified forests in the Yellowstone National Park in the United States at Creation.com. The petrified forests at Yellowstone are similar but not the same as those at Cape Bridgewater, but there are significant parts of the discussion that are very relevant.