The Lost Forest: An Unexpected Discovery Beneath the Waves

Millbrook. Apr. 2024. 56p. Tr $33.32. ISBN 9781728493015.
Gr 4-6–When some fishermen noticed a school of fish in an unusual spot in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Alabama in 2005, they discovered a lost underwater forest that was over 60,000 years old. The age was determined by a team of scientists who have been studying the forest since before the pandemic, which slowed down their research. Scientists intend to study this underwater forest to learn more about deep-sea ecosystems and the adaptability of wildlife. The book 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. QR codes to videos are included throughout for an interactive experience. There is a table of contents; back matter includes an author’s note, experiments, glossary, index, bibliography, and further resources.
VERDICT A decent addition to nonfiction collections seeking more books about the ocean and marine ecosystems.

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