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