- Extreme weather affects everything, from agriculture to energy transportation.
- Artifacts that have re-emerged through natural forces or due to development have been lost over time.
- A prehistoric stone circle and a medieval village have been discovered in Spain during an extreme drought.
Ancient ruins, prehistoric treasures and medieval villages are among the underwater artefacts that have re-emerged as water levels around the world have dropped due to drought.
This year, the US has been hit hard by floods, water shortages and extreme temperatures. As the water level continues to recede, several sets of human remains have resurfaced in Lake Mead.
Climate change affects everything from agriculture to energy transport, and many regions are not equipped with the infrastructure to cope with such extreme conditions.
Europe is facing record heat waves. China issued a drought emergency this week as the Yangtze River region dried up. Chinese state media says
It also improves the physical and mental health of those most affected. Poor people and other marginalized groups are most affected by climate change, According to the United Nations.
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Ancient Buddhist statue
Three ancient Buddhist statues, some 600 years old, have been revealed on a previously submerged island in the Yangtze River amid a severe drought and heat wave in southwest China.
‘The Spanish Stonehenge’
Spain experienced its hottest month since 1961 in July, with Spanish reservoirs at just 40 percent of capacity earlier this month. According to Reuters.
The dolmen of Guadaluperal, or “Spanish Stonehenge,” in the province of Cáceres, Spain, is completely exposed from low water levels.
The prehistoric stone circle with more than 100 standing stones was discovered by German archaeologist Hugo Obermayer in 1926 and dates back to around 7,000 years ago.
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In the 1960s, the rocks were submerged during a rural development project under Francisco Franco’s dictatorship. According to NASA. In 2019, the entire structure was revealed for the first time after the Valdecañas reservoir was filled during the project.
Church of Saint Roma
In the Sau Reservoir north of Barcelona, the Church of Saint Roma – which was built in the village of Sant Roma in the 11th century and disappeared under water in 1963 when a nearby dam was built, according to religious – is fully revealed.
The Danube, the second longest river in Europe, is constantly facing drought.
Dozens of warships of Nazi Germany Drowned in World War II, they have returned to the river this year.
A crashed B-29 Superfortress, prehistoric salt mines, handguns, baby strollers, vintage beer cans, fake and real human skeletons, ancient arrowheads and dozens of sunken boats have been found on the surface of Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir.
The lake was created by impounding the Colorado River at the Hoover Dam. Drought and heavy water use by nearby states have caused Lake Mead’s water level to drop over the years, dropping more than 170 feet since the reservoir was filled in 1983.
Dinosaur tracks in Texas
Just this week, Dinosaur Valley State Park has opened up new dinosaur tracks after the severe drought in Texas has receded from the Paluxie River.
These new tracks, park superintendent Jeff Davis told USA Today, “either haven’t been seen in decades or, you know, probably haven’t been seen in anybody’s living memory. That’s what makes it kind of special, what’s going on right now.”
Contributing: Mike Snyder, USA TODAY
Camille Fine is a trending visual creator on USA TODAY’s NOW team.