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Storms reveal ancient submerged forest at Portreath

By WBJLock  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

  • An ancient submerged forest has been uncovered at Portreath.

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A LONG forgotten submerged forest has been uncovered on the beach at Portreath following the recent bout of devastating storms.

Ancient petrified wood and tree trunks from the forest has been revealed and chunks of it have washed into the harbour after the storms shifted the sand on Portreath’s beach.

An “abnormally low tide” revealed the forest for the first time around 15-years-ago. But it has since remained under the cover of the sea.

Clem Tregear from Portreath’s Waterfront Inn said wood from the submerged forest had been washing up for the past few weeks.

He said: “We have had people come from all over to collect bits of the washed up wood.”

A forest can become submerged when water levels rise rapidly and drown the trees.

These remains are then buried in mud, sand or peat for several thousands of years before they are then uncovered by shifting tides or water levels.

Jan Veasey from the Portreath Harbour Association said: “Unfortunately with the recent storms bits of wood from the forest have been washed up.

“A friend of mine picked up a piece and took it home and dried it out. I've heard several people talking about it.”

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