Mysterious 10,000-year-old Sunken Forest May Be Hiding Clues About the End of the Ice Age

Scientists investigating the sunken remains of an ancient forest think it could be hiding clues about the end of the Ice Age. Researchers from Poland and Lithuania have been probing a 10,000-year-old sunken forest in the village of Juodkrante near the city of Klaipėda on the west coast of Lithuania.

Last month, the team took out a sailing boat owned by Klaipėda University to explore the forest. They took thousands of images of the trees, including more than 3,000 photographs of two large trunks. According to Science in Poland, they will use these images to produce digital 3D models of the ancient trees.

Once a dense forest, researchers think the trees were submerged towards the end of the Pleistocene Epoch, often known as the "Ice Age." The Pleistocene started about 2.6 million years ago and ended about 11,700 years ago. As ice melted, it raised the level of the Baltic Sea, flooding vast areas like this forest.

Scientists from the university previously discovered the sunken forest while scanning the seabed. They are conducting research with specialists from Poland's National Maritime Museum in Gdansk. The museum did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Researchers think the area may have once been home to humans. They hope to find evidence of ancient human habitation in the ancient forest.

Sunken forest, Lithuania
A tree trunk is pictured in this photograph taken in a sunken forest in the village of Juodkrante near the city of Klaipėda on the west coast of Lithuania. National Maritime Museum of Poland

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