Lagoon Info-Popup Swamp Cypress

Swamp Cypress or Taxodium distichum is a deciduous conifer native to the United States whose timber has long been valued for its water resistance, leading to it being called the ‘wood eternal’. In 2012, scuba divers discovered an underwater forest several miles off the coast of Mobile, Alabama. The forest contains trees that could not be dated with radiocarbon methods since they are older than 50,000 years old and thus most likely lived in the early glacial interval of the last ice age. The forest contains trees so well-preserved that when they are cut, they still smell like fresh cypress.

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