Coast Of Wales: Recent Storm Uncovers Ancient Forest That Was Under Sea Water 4500 Years Ago

Spiegel reports that a recent storm blew the beach sand away at Cardigan Bay in Wales, uncovering something unusual: a prehistoric forest from 4500 years ago. Apparently the forest had become the victim of sea level rise back at the time.

Spiegel writes:

The trees died more than 4500 years ago. Once the forest covered an area of several miles between the Welsh locations of Borth and Ynyslas. With climatic changes the sea level rose and peat, sand, and salt water swallowed the trees. The forest disappeared.”

Imagine that. Flat-temperature-earthers would like to have us believe that climate of the Holocene was more or less constant and that sea levels are higher than ever today. Turns out in Wales sea level is lower.

Obviously things were probably even warmer back then and sea levels were indeed higher. This is confirmed by NASA here, which discusses sea level findings for Northern England and Scotland, and possible implications for the UK:

Since the end of the last Ice Age 20,000 years ago, land and sea-levels around the UK coastline have changed in response to the retreat of the ice sheets. As the ice melted, the release of this enormous weight resulted in the landmass slowly tilting back up in the north or down in the south, a process called isostatic adjustment. […]

The action of the Ice Age on our landmass has been like squeezing a sponge which eventually regains its shape. The earth’s crust has reacted over thousands of years and is continuing to react. […

]The new map shows how the UK and Ireland are responding to the ice sheet compression of the earth’s core and the current rate of land tilt across the UK. In Northumberland, researchers found sediments from 7,000 years ago five metres below, and others from 4,000 years ago at 1 metre above the present sea level. This indicates that the sea level rose above present levels from around 7,500 years ago to 4,500 years ago, and then dropped and is continuing to fall.”

But North Cumberland is much further north than Cardigan, where the ice sheets were likely much thinner, and so isostatic adjustment at Cardigan Bay should be less.

The uncovered forest remnants tell us one thing: Wales is higher today than 4500 years ago and it’s going to take long time, if ever, for Cardigan Bay to return to where it’s been before. Climate change is normal and there is nothing we can do to re-establish and preserve the climate we had 50 years ago. It’s going to change by itself.

 

3 responses to “Coast Of Wales: Recent Storm Uncovers Ancient Forest That Was Under Sea Water 4500 Years Ago”

  1. Recovering Lutheran

    Wow. Who knew man-made global warmi-, er, climate change could cause a disaster like this thousands of years before Big Oil came into existence. Not only is man-made climate change destroying the planet (Al Gore sez so!), it is also destroying cause-and-effect!

  2. Not CO2

    William Connelly is stumped now by Wikipedia of all things, where he loves to edit to give things a nice greenhouse flavour.

    The new Wikipedia Second Law statement clearly demolishes that “net” effect business that tries to claim a single one-way radiation process does not have to obey the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Wiki now reads …

    “Every process occurring in nature proceeds in the sense in which the sum of the entropies of all bodies taking part in the process is increased.”[

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