Thursday, December 01, 2022

Drought brings to light what has long been missing

Heat and drought are affecting water bodies around the world. Where the water recedes, witnesses of the past emerge: ancient hunger stones in the Elbe, World War I wrecks in the Danube or even murder victims at Lake Mead in the Americas.

Rising water levels and melting glaciers are revealing old mysteries in abundance at present. In some places, it was relied upon that the past would no longer come to light.

The low level of the Danube exposes German battleships.

The Serbian government was already aware of the problem of debris obstructing traffic. But the drought now sweeping Europe is making them visible to all – and with them a danger that lies sleeping beneath the surface of the water.


For example, Lake Mead Reservoir near Las Vegas is revealing traces of unsolved crimes and missing persons due to sinking water levels.

The mortal remains of four people have been discovered here since May, as the lake’s level has dropped by 52 meters since 1983 due to a prolonged drought.

On May 1, for example, a barrel containing parts of human remains was found. Police believe this is a man who died of gunshot wounds and whose body was dumped in the lake, probably in the mid-1970s and early 1980s. Just a few days later, the human bones of various victims were found again.

Dry release «Spanish Stonehenge»

Falling levels in the Valdecanas Reservoir have re-appeared for the first time in a long time the dolmens of Guadalperal. The megalith complex has only been fully visible four times since the creation of the reservoir in the 1960s.


And that’s probably not all: Police believe that as the water recedes, more human remains will be visible.

Visible remains aren’t always linked to crimes—they still tell a fascinating story, as our photo series above shows.

Associated Press. with material from

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