Following recent bad weather including Storm Emma and the ‘Beast from the East’, the sand on the beach at Redcar has been washed away to reveal an ancient petrified forest that had been lost to time below the sand and water of the northeast coast.
The first written account of the submerged forest dates from 1871 and the petrified tree stumps give an insight as to how this stretch of coastline looked at least 7,000 years ago.
Also uncovered was the wooden remnants of a shipwreck lost along the coast many years ago. Numerous visitors have now visited the beach to see for themselves a piece of ancient history that has revealed itself and who knows what else may be revealed along our historic coastline as time passes and more storms come.
I documented the impressive site for Getty Images and below are a selection I’ve re-edited into black and white.
Images (c) Ian Forsyth / Getty Images
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