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Monday, November 24, 2008

Ghost Forest of the Oregon Coast

Last year, erosion from several brutal storms uncovered a surprising scene along the beach in Neskowin, Oregon. Tree stumps emerged from the surf where none had been before, and it was quickly realized that these stumps are the preserved remnants of an ancient forest that was at least 2000 years old.


The wood looks as if it might only be a decade or two old, but it is believed an earthquake or tsunami buried the trees in a cataclysmic event that allowed them to be preserved under buried sand.


The trees are called "The Ghost Forest" by local people in Neskowin.


The stumps have been buried again by the natural action of the surf. It will be interesting to see if the weather uncovers the trees again this year.

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