The Underwater Forest
, a new documentary by Ben Raines produced by This is Alabama and the Alabama Coastal Foundation
details the discovery and exploration of an ancient cypress forest found sixty feet underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, due south of Gulf Shores, Alabama.
The forest dates to an ice age more than 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were about 400 feet lower than they are today.
The forest appears to be a wholly unique relic of our planet’s past, the only known site where a coastal ice age forest this old has been preserved in place,
with thousands of trees still rooted in the dirt they were growing in millennia ago. It is considered a treasure trove of information,
providing new insights into everything from climate in the region to annual rainfall, insect populations, and the types of plants
that inhabited the Gulf Coast before humans arrived in the new world. Scientific analysis of the site is ongoing.
The documentary follows the work of the team investigating the site, both underwater and in the laboratory.
Order your DVD copy here.
Or, for the full experience, order a BluRay copy here.