300million Year Old Forest Discovered; Preserved in Ash
Recently, researchers in China have discovered a forest in the northern area that was conserved under a coating of ash, deposited 300 million years ago.
This preserved forest is located just over the west of the Inner Mongolian district of Wuda, and therefore it has been associated to the Italian city of Pompeii.
While reconstructing this forest, the researchers were able to do it only over a 1,000 sq m of the forest's trees and plant distributions. The past insight that how this region used to look like has been described in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
In total, three sites were sampled by the excavations and all of them were found covered by ash. Most of the plants and trees were found intact in this forest. All thanks to the pristine preservation of them. Some were destroyed because of the ash that fell over them in a small period of time.
As told by the study co-author Hermann Pfefferkorn of the University of Pennsylvania in the US, "It's marvelously preserved. We can stand there and find a branch with the leaves attached, and then we find the next branch and the next branch and the next branch. And then we find the stump from the same tree. That's really exciting".
In this forest, six groups of trees have been identified by the researchers. These range from low-lying tree ferns to now- destroyed 25m trees Sigillaria and Cordaites.
After many efforts to find out the actual picture of this forest that it would have looked like before the ash cloud descended, the team took the help of a painter and along with other findings, helped him draw the same.