A 60,000-yr-old underwater forest which was recently disclosed off the coast of Alabama is hiding a frightening message about our future.
The Cypress timberland is submerged 60 feet underneath the Gulf of Mexico and looks a bit according to a coral reef, providing a local to sea turtles, spider crabs, sharks and a multitude of fish.
Alabama’s subaquatic forest is 60,000 years old
It may be abundant with life but its existence display how the land we call home could one day end beneath the waves.
After the penetrating Hurricane Ivan in 2004, advertisement trawlers began to notice that a primary fishing spot had popped up on the Alabama coast.
A diver certain to check out what was going on and form an underwater world with what looked ilk a prehistoric riverbed running on the sand – and trees ascent out of the stream.
“It looked like soul had taken a modern day Cypress woodland and plopped it down on the bottom,” explained environmental Reporter Ben Raines.
Raines has just publicized a YouTube documentary The Underwater Woodland, in which he follows scientists as they try to build out how – and why – the ancient stain has lay hidden for so long.
After excavating skin from the seabed, researchers fashion the trees must be between 50,000 and 60,000 oldness old.
An ancient forest discovered off the sea-coast of Alabama was killed by rising HO during an Ice Age
It was then they realized the underwater forest nine miles off the actual coastline had once been at sea calm and vanished under rising HO during an Ice Age.
Ice sheets grow for roughly 90,000 years and then accept about 10,000 years to fall down during warmer periods, earlier repeating the cycle.
We are currently due for an ice age, master have claimed.
A Cypress cornered forest grows above the sea common in the muddy Alabama swamps
Fishes, sea turtles, eels and wanderer crabs all live among the senile woodland 60 feet below the sea
But thanks to the amount of carbon bleach we’ve pumped into the air, scientists reckon we’ve abeyant one by another 10,000 years.
But Martin Becker, a fossilist from New Jersey’s William City University, warned that destined civilisations might find their sea-opinion apartments underwater.
Alabama's subaquatic forest baffles scientists
Discussing the township living off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, he aforementioned: “Predicting the future may be an unpleasant one.
“It may occur in five, it may happen in ten, it may not happen in my being – but it’s certainly going to happen.”