Wood becomes petrified when it is buried in soil rich in silica and the minerals replace the cellulose. Most believe that petrified forests were buried and preserved where they stood (the logs often stand upright). When Mt. St. Helens erupted in Washington state in 1980, vast acres of forest were sheared off at the ground by the violent mudslide created by the volcanic ash and steam rushing down the mountainside. These logs were deposited into Spirit Lake, which still has a thick mat of logs covering it nearly 30 years later. Divers have gone under the mat and seen trees sticking out of the mud bottom. What happens is that the trees were ripped out of the ground and only the root ball remained intact. The heavier root ball causes the log to float root-down and eventually sink to the bottom. Sediment builds up and petrifaction begins. In Yellowstone, an area called Specimen Ridge has petrified wood in over 27 sedimentary layers on top of each other. Evolutionists propose that each layer was laid down over millions of years as new forests grew on top of the older, petrified one. There are no animal fossils in any of the layers of petrified wood. We would expect abundant life in dozens of successive forest floors over millions of years. The evidence seems to support that these layers were all laid down at roughly the same time. Noah’s flood would have been accompanied by massive volcanic activity producing the silica-rich ash necessary for petrifaction. What we see at Yellowstone is exactly what we would expect from a catastrophic, worldwide flood.
“Petrified Forests in Yellowstone” July 17, 2008 Answers in Genesis