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70-metre petrified tree trunk in Tak a world-class geological attraction

Officers from Guinness World Data measure the world’s longest fossilised tree trunk at Doi Soi Malai Nationwide Park in Ban Tak district of Tak province. (Picture: Division of Nationwide Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation)

A plan is afoot to develop the location of the world’s longest petrified log in Tak province right into a world-class geological tourism vacation spot, in accordance with the federal government.

The 69.7-metre-long go online July 8 formally earned Guinness World Data certification because the longest fossilised tree trunk on the planet.

First found in Doi Soi Malai Nationwide Park in Ban Tak district in 2003, the log was 72.22m lengthy on the time, equal to the peak of a 20-storey constructing, in accordance with the Ministry of Pure Sources and the Setting.

However subsequent flooding on the excavation web site broken the log’s tip and shortened the size to 69.7m.

The ministry believed the petrified wooden to be of the Thong Bueng (kempas) tree species generally present in rainforests, and about 120,000 years previous.

The log is 4.8 metres in diameter at its base and 1.8m across the center part.

Varawut Silpa-archa, the pure assets and surroundings minister, mentioned the ministry deliberate to create a world-class geological tourism attraction on the web site.

The petrified log bears distinctive options worthy of being preserved for research and analysis. It was formally declared a protected fossil web site in 2016.

The Guinness World Data recognition will encourage younger individuals to be taught extra about geology and can stimulate the native financial system as soon as the realm turns into a tourism web site, the minister mentioned.

The Guinness certification was the primary for Thailand within the subject of pure heritage, he added.

An exhibition associated to the certification was held final week, with Performing Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon attending previous to the weekly cupboard assembly on Tuesday.