The researchers led by geologist David Stal investigated the area near the Black River for good reason. In fact, a plant with an estimated age of 1700 years was discovered there in the 1980s. After the find the area, turned into a nature preserve, was thoroughly studied.
Recently, the efforts have finally produced results when the researchers discovered two ancient cypresses, whose age is estimated at 2088 years and 2624 years, respectively.
Such conclusions were made after safe samples not affecting the trees’ health were taken.
Of great interest are not only the age of the finds but also the changes they have undergone as a result of climate change and the impact of other factors that occurred over the years. Unfortunately, the trees in the Black River area have been cut down and less than 1% of the original forest is preserved.