IMAX Nature Documentary Benefits Marine Sanctuary

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Alabama Coastal Foundation is hosting an IMAX screening of The Underwater Forest at 5:30 p.m., January 18, at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. A discussion with filmmaker Ben Raines will follow the showing and ticket proceeds will support efforts to designate the area as a marine sanctuary.

This nature documentary details the discovery and exploration of an ancient cypress forest found 60 feet underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, due south of Gulf Shores, Alabama. The forest dates to an ice age more than 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were about 400 feet lower than they are today.

Scientists believe giant waves driven by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 uncovered the forest. It appears to be a wholly unique relic of our planet’s past, the only known site where a coastal ice age forest this old has been preserved in place. It is considered a treasure trove of information, providing new insights into everything from climate in the region to annual rainfall, insect populations, and the types of plants that inhabited the Gulf Coast before humans arrived in the new world. Scientific analysis of the site is ongoing.


Tickets: $10. Location: 65 Government St., Mobile, AL. For more information visit