Underwater forest uncovered in UK storm

Posted by Elise Kirsten on 3 June 2019

Strong winds and heavy rain lashed Wales, southern England and Northern Ireland on 26 April as Storm Hannah, named by the Ireland’s meteorological service, made landfall.

Gusts of around 60-70mph (97–112kph) were predicted in exposed coastal locations, which combined with extreme low tides led to the uncovering of a magical hidden prehistoric forest on a beach on the west coast of Wales between the Welsh villages of Ynyslas and Borth, in Ceredigion county.

Borth, Wales, 24 May: A close-up view of petrified ancient trees that were buried under water and sand more than 4,500 years ago. Image credit: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

The petrified trees which had been buried under beach sand and ocean water for thousands of years were preserved in peat.

According to the BBC, ‘The forest has become associated with a 17th Century myth of a sunken civilization known as ‘Cantre’r Gwaelod’, or the ‘Sunken Hundred’.’

One of the myths associated with the Sunken Hundred is that it extended over 30 km west of the shoreline into Cardigan Bay.



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