A storm on the Baltic Sea uncovered a treasure dating back thousands of years. This sunken forest looks like a landscape from another planet.
Fans of sea waves, who are not afraid even of winter on the Baltic Sea, could witness an amazing phenomenon. The Słowiński National Park announced that due to the storm, the beach exposed its relics again. The flooded forest is a remnant of the forest that covered these areas centuries ago.
Tree trunks on the beach in Łazy
Polish beaches are not only about windbreaks and crowds. Especially in winter, the seaside nature can be quite a surprise for a few tourists. Natural sand sculptures delighted visitors in October – now it’s time to visit the forest hidden on the beach. A storm on the Baltic Sea discovered the remains of old trees. “From time to time, the Baltic Sea shows us a ‘drowned forest’. After storms, you can see the stumps between the entrances to beach no. 5 and 6. We encourage you to visit this place!” – we read on the official Facebook profile of the Sianów commune.
Internet users are delighted with the extraordinary photos that resemble an out-of-this-world landscape. “I was with my granddaughter. A petrified forest, something extraordinary,” reads one of the comments.
Słowiński National Park translates
An explanation of this phenomenon can be found on the website of the Słowiński National Park. “The trunks shown in the photos are the remains of a tree stand growing in the area several dozen kilometers south of the then Baltic Sea,” the publication wrote. The submerged trees tell the long history of this area, which begins in the glaciation period. After the ice sheet retreated, moss-lichen tundra appeared in the area of today’s park, which then transformed into shrub tundra, forest tundra and multi-species mixed forests, typical of our climate zone. In the period from 8 to 2.5 thousand years ago, there were mainly oak and oak-beech deciduous forests, later replaced by the expansion of pine, which we can still admire in the coastal forest belt today. Trunks hidden on the beaches remind us of the primeval forests that have covered the Baltic beaches for centuries. This phenomenon can be seen at any time of the year, although it is most impressive in winter, surrounded by fog and stormy seas.