Watch: Divers Discover Stunning Prehistoric Underwater Forest

Less than a mile off the Norfolk Coast, there is a 10,000 year old forest submerged and undisturbed — the last evidence of a long-lost European country. Divers only discovered the prehistoric forest after winter storms shifted thousands of year’s worth of sand on the ocean floor.

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Now, the once-tall trees have been flattened and are a home to ocean life, and the BBC has released stunning footage of the hidden underwater landscape.

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It is believed, based on the location of the discovery, that the forest is part of Doggerland, which once extended all the way to Germany.  Geologist Martin Warren called the forest part of a “country Europe forgot,” the BBC reported.

The land would have flooded over a period of several thousand years, but geologists believe that a tsunami flattened the land—and water levels eventually rose to completely envelope what was once miles of forest land.

Warren said:

“The more you look, the more you find. There are bound to be things that are still to be discovered.”

The discovery was made by Dawn Watson, a volunteer Sea Search diver. At first, she described seeing a wave of “black stuff” along the ocean floor. She initially assumed it was some wreckage, only later recognizing what it truly was–the remains of a flattened forest.

Check out the stunning footage of the hidden landscape in the video above.

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