The Lost Forest: An Unexpected Discovery beneath the Waves

the lost forest An Unexpected Discovery beneath the Waves book cover

the lost forest: An Unexpected Discovery beneath the Waves book cover After local fishers noticed a large swarm of fish in an unlikely area in the Gulf of Mexico, a team of divers found the remains of a forest deep beneath the waves. The ancient trees had been undisturbed for more than fifty thousand years before finally being uncovered by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Acclaimed science writer Jennifer Swanson brings readers along with a group of scientists as they work to explore and map the site, collect samples of cypress wood, and learn about the marine creatures that live here―namely, shipworms. Page Plus links lead to videos of the scientists at work.

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Publisher ‏ : ‎ Millbrook Press ™ (April 2, 2024)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Library Binding ‏ : ‎ 56 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1728493013
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728493015
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 9 – 14 years
Grade level ‏ : ‎ 4 – 8



School Library Journal

“Features photographs of the dives to the forest and the surrounding ecosystem. Scientific processes are explained and illustrated, and several at-home experiments are provided.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“A detailed, thought-provoking account of the work of scientists.”—Kirkus Reviews

Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“This book details the fascinating story of the dedicated scuba divers and their work to locate and preserve the area. No one has ever found such a unique habitat, and hopefully, no one will be able to disturb it as scientists work to keep it safe. Readers who enjoy earthly mysteries will enjoy this title. Reviewer Rating: 5”—Children’s Literature


“Swanson, who shadowed the scientists, documents their methods and discoveries in an appealing narrative, complemented by photos of the scientists in action. In the process, readers learn such amazing details as the dangers of diving, organizing experiments, gene sequencing, and finding new species.”—Booklist