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Raines recognized the importance of the find and contacted scientists to help get an estimate of the forest’s age.
If it was cold or dry, that would result in tiny, narrow growth rings, but warm or wet conditions would result in wider growth rings. If we get core samples, we can look at the tree rings and see what was happening with precipitation.
We don’t know what was happening with precipitation on the Gulf Coast during the ice ages. But we don’t know what was happening on the Gulf Coast.
It’s thought that Hurricane Katrina’s giant waves uncovered it.
Image via Ben Raines/Ben Raines, executive director of the Weeks Bay Foundation in Alabama, was one of the first scuba divers to explore the site.
Some of logs measure 8 feet (2.4 meters) in diameter.