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Primeval Underwater Forest Discovered in Gulf of Mexico

Posted By admin On July 9, 2013 @ 4:33 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Live Science [1]
July 9, 2013

Scuba divers have discovered a primeval underwater forest off the coast of Alabama.

The Bald Cypress forest [2] was buried under ocean sediments, protected in an oxygen-free environment for more than 50,000 years, but was likely uncovered by Hurricane Katrina [3] in 2005, said Ben Raines, one of the first divers to explore the underwater forest and the executive director of the nonprofit Weeks Bay Foundation, which researches estuaries.

The forest contains trees so well-preserved that when they are cut, they still smell like fresh Cypress sap, Raines said.

The stumps of the Cypress trees span an area of at least 0.5 square miles (0.8 kilometers), several miles from the coast of Mobile, Ala., and sit about 60 feet (18 meters) below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

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[1] Live Science: http://news.yahoo.com/primeval-underwater-forest-discovered-gulf-mexico-164826663.html

[2] Bald Cypress forest: http://www.livescience.com/20109-pangaea-cypress-family-tree.html

[3] Hurricane Katrina: http://www.livescience.com/22522-hurricane-katrina-facts.html

[4] Massive underwater oil cloud may destroy life in Gulf of Mexico: http://www.prisonplanet.com/massive-underwater-oil-cloud-may-destroy-life-in-gulf-of-mexico.html

[5] Third Giant Underwater Oil Plume Discovered: http://www.prisonplanet.com/third-giant-underwater-oil-plume-discovered.html

[6] Gulf Oil Refuses to Stay Hidden Underwater: http://www.prisonplanet.com/gulf-oil-refuses-to-stay-hidden-underwater.html

[7] Barge crashes into oil well in Gulf of Mexico, new oil leak reported: http://www.prisonplanet.com/barge-crashes-into-oil-well-in-gulf-of-mexico-new-oil-leak-reported.html

[8] Giant Underwater Plume Confirmed—Gulf Oil Not Degrading: http://www.prisonplanet.com/giant-underwater-plume-confirmed%e2%80%94gulf-oil-not-degrading.html

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