The Underwater Forest
Posted on December 12, 2017 by
The University of South Alabama launched the 2017-18 Distinguished Lecture Series with a screening of The Underwater Forest, a documentary detailing the discovery of an ancient cypress forest in Mobile Bay. The 60,000 year-old forest was preserved in sediment before being uncovered by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Ben Raines, who wrote and directed the documentary, introduced the film and led a lively question and answer session immediately following. An investigative reporter for AL.com, Ben Raines has covered environmental issues and natural wonders in Alabama for nearly two decades. He wrote and produced the documentary America’s Amazon, which has been distributed to public schools across Alabama and is airing on PBS stations around the country. His underwater film work has appeared in documentaries on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic TV.