Finding ancient sites underwater in the Gulf of Mexico
In addition, because Bald Cypress trees can live a thousand years, and there are so many of them, the trees could contain thousands of years of climate history for the region, Harley said.
“These stumps are so big, they’re upwards of two meters in diameter — the size of trucks,” Harley told OurAmazingPlanet. “They probably contain thousands of growth rings.”
The team, which has not yet published their results in a peer-reviewed journal, is currently applying for grants to explore the site more thoroughly.
Harley estimates they have just two years.
“The longer this wood sits on the bottom of the ocean, the more marine organisms burrow into the wood, which can create hurdles when we are trying to get radiocarbon dates,” Harley said. “It can really make the sample undatable, unusable.”
If it wasn’t for funding going to environmental Global Warming cults, they would have a better chance of finding funding. Since their research is unlikely to yield political or economic capital, not many would be interested, except some eccentric billionaires or millionaires.
There’s a lot of mysteries in the Gulf of Mexico. If it isn’t oil, gold, or silver, humans tend not to be interested. Doesn’t say much about human nature does it.