Carbon isotopes (atoms of the same element that have different molecular weights) revealed that the trees were about 52,000 years old.
The trees' growth rings could reveal secrets about the climate of the Gulf of Mexico thousands of years ago, during a period known as the Wisconsin Glacial period, when sea levels were much lower than they are today. [World's Weirdest Geological Formations]
In addition, because Bald Cypress trees can live a thousand years, and there are so many of them, the trees could contain thousands of years of climate history for the region, Harley said.
Not one damn pic? They couldn't take one damn pic?