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Prehistoric forest arises in Cardigan Bay after storms strip away sand

Gales hitting the west coast of Wales have uncovered these oak, pine, birch and alder trees dating to 6,000 years ago. Photograph: Keith Morris/LNP

Gales hitting the west coast of Wales have uncovered these oak, pine, birch and alder trees dating to 6,000 years ago. Photograph: Keith Morris/LNP

A prehistoric forest, an eerie landscape including the trunks of hundreds of oaks that died more than 4,500 years ago, has been revealed by the ferocious storms which stripped thousands of tons of sand from beaches in Cardigan Bay.

The forest of Borth once stretched for miles on boggy land between Borth and Ynyslas, before climate change and rising sea levels buried it under layers of peat, sand and saltwater.

Scientists have identified pine, alder, oak and birch among the stumps which are occasionally exposed in very stormy winters, such as in 2010, when a stretch of tree remains was revealed conveniently opposite the visitor centre….Read More

 

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