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Alabama's ancient underwater cypress forest giving up its secrets

Off the coast of Alabama, in the Gulf of Mexico, lies a relic from our planet's past. Submerged under 60 feet of water is an ancient cypress forest, about 60,000 years-old, preserved in place — the trees still rooted in the dirt from millennia ago.
 

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Dr. DeLong says the underwater forest in Alabama reminds her of the forest in Louisiana s Atchafalay...
Dr. DeLong says the underwater forest in Alabama reminds her of the forest in Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin, shown here.
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