Artifacts reappear due to heat

  • Extreme weather affects everything everywhere, from agriculture to energy transportation.
  • Reemerging artifacts have been lost over time by natural forces or for developmental reasons.
  • A prehistoric stone circle and a medieval village have been discovered in Spain amid extreme drought.

Ancient relics, prehistoric treasures and medieval villages are among the underwater artifacts that have resurfaced as water levels around the world plunge due to drought.

This year, the United States has been hard hit by major floods, water shortages and scorching temperatures. Several sets of human remains resurfaced in Lake Mead as water levels continue to drop.

Climate change is affecting everything from agriculture to energy transportation, and many regions are not equipped with the infrastructure to cope with such extremes.

Europe is facing record heat waves. China issued a drought emergency this week as areas of the Yangtze River dry up, Chinese state media said.

It also upsets the physical and mental well-being of those most affected. The poor and other marginalized groups are often the most affected by climate change, according to the UN.

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ancient buddhist statues

Three ancient Buddhist statues believed to be around 600 years old have been revealed on an island previously submerged in the Yangtze River amid a severe drought and heatwave in southwest China.

“Spanish Stonehenge”

Spain experienced July its hottest month since at least 1961, leaving Spanish reservoirs at just 40% capacity on average at the start of the month, according to Reuters.

The Guadalperal Dolmen, or “Spanish Stonehenge”, in the Spanish province of Cáceres, is entirely exposed to low water levels.

The prehistoric stone circle with over 100 standing rocks was discovered by German archaeologist Hugo Obermaier in 1926 and dates back around 7,000 years.

Amalie Garcia, 54, stands next to the Dolmen de Guadalperal, a megalithic monument that emerged due to drought at the Valdecanas reservoir in El Gordo, western Spain, Saturday August 13, 2022. At Following three heat waves and little rain in sight, Spain's reservoirs are emptying every week, and not just in the traditionally drier southern part of the country.  The drought in Spain began earlier this year after the country suffered its second driest winter in more than 60 years, according to the government.

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The rocks were submerged in the 1960s during a rural development project during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, according to NASA. In 2019, the entire structure was exposed for the first time since the filling of the Valdecañas reservoir during the project.

Church of Sant Roma

North of Barcelona, ​​in the Sau reservoir, the Church of Sant Romà – which was built in the 11th century in the village of Sant Romà and disappeared under water in 1963 during the construction of a nearby dam , according religious – became completely exposed.

This photograph taken on February 8, 2022 shows an aerial view of the partially submerged Church of Sant Roma, visible due to the low water level of the Sau reservoir, in Vilanova de Sau, Catalonia.
A visitor sunbathes at the Sau Reservoir, currently at 37% capacity on August 13, 2022 in Vilanova de Sau, Spain.  Spain's water resources, largely devoted to irrigating agricultural land, face an uncertain future with 75% of the country at risk of desertification.

Nazi warships

Europe’s second longest river, the Danube, is facing persistent drought.

Dozens of Nazi Germany warships sunk during World War II have surfaced in the river this year.

The wreckage of a ship that sank during World War II is revealed by the unusually low water level of the Danube near Vamosszabadi in northwestern Hungary, Wednesday August 17, 2022.

Lake Mead

A crashed B-29 Superfortress, prehistoric salt mines, handguns, buggies, vintage beer cans, fake and real human skeletons, ancient arrowheads and dozens of sunken ships were found at Lake Meadthe largest constructed reservoir area in the country.

The lake was created by blocking the Colorado River with the Hoover Dam. Drought and high water usage by neighboring states have caused Lake Mead’s water level to drop for years, dropping more than 170 feet since the reservoir was full in 1983.

Texas Dinosaur Tracks

Just this week, Dinosaur Valley State Park revealed that the severe drought in Texas revealed new dinosaur tracks after the Paluxy River receded water.

Newly discovered dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas.  Drought conditions revealed the tracks, which are generally underwater and covered in sediment.

These new tracks, Park Superintendent Jeff Davis told USA TODAY, “either haven’t been seen in decades, or you know, maybe they haven’t been seen by anyone in living memory. C So that’s what makes it kind of special, what’s going on right now.”

Contributor: Mike Snider, USA TODAY

Camille Fine is a Trending Visual Producer on USA TODAY’s NOW Team.