November 25, 2017
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Geologist finds remains of ancient Maine forests

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine geologist said two chance encounters with well-preserved wood offer a glimpse of the state’s forests 13,500 years ago.

Woodrow “Woody” Thompson of the Maine Geological Survey says he first found a clue in 1976 when he found fragments of logs and branches, some of them with intact cones and needles that were still green on the west end of the Portland peninsula.

The Portland Press Herald said the 1976 discovery showed that the ancient forest is similar to that found today.

A 2007 excavation project along the Fore River found more of the ancient wood, enabling Thompson and colleagues to conclude that the trees all died at the same time, most likely in a landslide, the same kind of event that can happen today.

 


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