7 Most Incredible Sunken Forests on Earth

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Lake Kaindy Photo

Whether viewed from above or below the surface of the water, whether they are alive or dead, they stand like apparitions, almost supernatural in appearance by dint of the fact that they should not be there. Trees, common sense tells us, were designed to climb into the air rooted in solid ground, not water, and they certainly weren’t meant to be found submerged beneath lakes, slowly rotting away like skeletons of their former selves.


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Lake Kaindy

The term submerged forest generally describes the remains of trees – especially stumps – that have been flooded by sea level rise. They are found around the coast of Britain, north-west France and Denmark, and have usually been buried in mud, peat or sand for several millennia before being uncovered by sea level change and erosion. Yet other sunken forests can also be found further inland in lakes – some of our own making, some of Nature’s – and these are our focus.

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1. Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan

Midst icy depths: The drowned conifers of Lake Kaindy

Kazakhstan’s Lake Kaindy is one of a kind. Located 2,000 meters above sea level, this 400 metre-long lake reaches depths approaching 30 metres in some places.

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