5000 Year Old Forest Uncovered by Raging UK Storms

February 22, 2014

Cornish Guardian:

Experts have known about the forests’ existence for centuries but they haven’t been uncovered to this extent for between 100-150 years.

The Daymer Bay forest bed is one of the 117 County Geology Sites monitored and managed by the Cornwall Geoconservation Group in conjunction with the Trust and its volunteers.

Geologists believe extensive forests extended across Daymer Bay between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago when the coastline was between five and ten miles further out.

This is a time period when human communities in Britain were slowly abandoning hunter gathering lifestyles for farming.

Frank Howie, Cornwall Wildlife Trustee and chair of the Geoconservation Group, said around 20 tree stumps have been uncovered on the bay, which grew when the climate was slightly warmer than today.

Daily Mail:

Rising from the beach in a surreal seascape, the remains of these ancient trees have been revealed by the storms.

Thought to date back to the Bronze Age, the shin-high stumps became visible for the first time when the peat which once covered them was washed away in torrential rain and waves pounding the shore.

Now they stud the beach near the village of Borth, Ceredigion, Mid Wales – an area already rich in archaeology, opposite the alleged site of Wales’s own take on the lost city of Atlantis.

9 Responses to “5000 Year Old Forest Uncovered by Raging UK Storms”

  1. Peat washes away.

    Peat oxidizes.

    Carbon sequestered for hundreds, maybe thousands of years is released.

    Here’s another example of a positive-feedback loop.

  2. omnologos Says:


    “Exposed as they are to the Atlantic Ocean, the sands of the area have always been prone to sudden shifts”

    This is getting too easy. Stop running after sensationalistic reporting. At the very least, read Wikipedia.

    ps never mind all the doom and gloom for rising sea levels

    • redskylite Says:

      I would hardly call the lowly Cornish Guardian guilty of “sensational reporting”, and you seem to dismiss anything that conflicts with your own comfortable perception of things.

      Yes wikipedia mentions that the sands shift and are exposed to the mighty Atlantic, it also says there is a “submerged” forest, (submerged being buried, unexposed or hidden). The Cornish Guardian is reporting that the effect of the persistent weather patterns over the last two months has exposed this known submerged forest that hasn’t been seen for 100-150 years. What is remarkable was the persistent storms and weather pattern, and maybe an approaching threshold event of a permanent change to the Arctic jet stream behaviour.

      Sea level rise is surely happening, and needs to be taken very seriously, by planners. If you choose to call this “doom and gloom” then that is your choice.

      • omnologos Says:

        Redsky – am all for taking present and future sea rise seriously – but the climate change relevance of an exposed ancient forest is zero.

        There is no evidence that global warming can cause the jet stream to get stuck in the way it has this winter. If this is due to climate change, it is outside our knowledge.

        • redskylite Says:

          Where does your all knowing expert knowledge come from and please show the links ? Jennifer Francis of Rutgers and Potsdam have published papers suggesting that there is evidence that global warming has indeed influenced jet streams and blocking patterns, it is debatable and not yet proven, but you cannot simply say that there is no evidence, yes climate threshold events may be outside our current knowledge/experience, but so were many other things which are now inside our knowledge – that is what science is all about.

          • greenman3610 Says:

            there is evidence of a link between jet stream and ice loss – but important to understand this is hotly contested among some pretty good scientists – tho many others find it compelling.
            even those who doubt the hypotheses agree that we are seeing increased incidence of extremes, and that we are clearly in a “new normal” in the system.
            there will be more papers on this coming shortly.

          • omnologos Says:

            it happened again. I quoted a mainstream climate scientist and got reprimanded for it.

            That’s life.

  3. redskylite Says:

    Some of those flood prone U.K areas could take a lead from Holland:


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