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  • 50,000 Year Old Forest

    I thought all you wood aficionados would find this interesting, perhaps especially Robson Valley. It's about the well preserved remains of an ancient cypress forest discovered in 60 feet of water off the Alabama coast in the Gulf of Mexico.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKm0eRfFFfo&t=431s

    Hope you enjoy it!
    Arthur

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    Thanks Arthur. That was wonderful to watch. Just 60 feet of water. What's out towards 200+??? The wood colors were a delight to see.

    It underlines the puzzle to find the human trail in North America as the ocean sea levels were 250 - 350 feet lower with the glaciers of the ice age.
    Look at a BC coastal map and remember that it would have been possible to WALK to Haida Gwaii. There's such an abundance of food on the coast
    that living inland was almost foolish.
    Grandpa used to take me and my brother foraging at low tide when we were little kids.
    We brought home buckets of clams, mussels, oysters and crabs.
    There was always so much to eat.

    Brian T

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    • #3
      Global warming and cooling cycles, coastal subsidence, etc., have been going on since time began, and nothing man can do will change that. I'm all for reducing our impact on the climate by controlling emissions, but we need to be realistic and not be like Chicken Little crying that the sky is falling.
      Arthur

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      • #4
        It's estimated that many North American glaciers were more than a mile thick. That's a lot of water. Recent estimates suggest that sea levels had to be 250'-300' below the current level.
        Haida people harvest salmon by building a series of stone weirs, about knee deep, where rivers meet the ocean.
        Parks Canada scuba divers worked out and down from these locations and found successive stone weir sets to 70' with more maybe deeper.

        I can recall the new reports of trawlers & scallop draggers bringing up chunks of trees frm the North Sea, back in the 1950's(?) 1960's(?)
        They now call that whole area "Doggerland" as the UK was connected by dry land to Europe.
        That offshore Alabama forest is a cool piece of evidence for real paleo history.
        Brian T

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        • #5
          Thanks for the interesting post
          . . .JoeB

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          • #6
            Thanks for the post!
            Terry

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Arthur C. View Post
              Global warming and cooling cycles, coastal subsidence, etc., have been going on since time began, and nothing man can do will change that. I'm all for reducing our impact on the climate by controlling emissions, but we need to be realistic and not be like Chicken Little crying that the sky is falling.
              More sage words have never been spoken!

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              • #8
                That is just below were I live I have a friend who has dived on it . He said it is really something to see. They are working hard to get it declared a protected area. They do not want any one to harvest the wood. As much as I would like to have a cane handle made of it I agree it shoud be protected.
                We live in the land of the free because of the brave! Semper Fi
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                • #9
                  Seems to me that you can drive east from Ellensberg, Washington, over towards the Columbia River and get into many, many petrified wood shops.
                  A petrified wood cane handle should look cool.
                  Brian T

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                  • #10
                    Trees under water in the Gulf and Reefs with sea shells in the high mountains in Colorado. This country has all sorts of wonderment. There are 5 volcano's in the city limits of Austin, TX. Rather old, but still there. If you see a map that has MT that is Mount and short hand for volcano that is old. All bringing wonders of the world, gold, silver....granite. Martin

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the post, Arthur - very interesting!

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                      • #12
                        Very interesting photos, and well preserved 'forest'!
                        Oscar

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