Spain’s “stonehenge” has become fully visible for the second time since water hid it in the 1960s thanks to a drought there. However, this is not the only recent discovery as ancient artifacts, dinosaur tracks and Nazi ships have all appeared around the world as drought causes low water levels.
Droughts all across the world have resulted in ancient discoveries while water levels decrease and long-lost intriguing artifacts become visible.
According to the Global Drought Observatory, two-thirds of Europe is under drought alert or warning. According to the BBC, the European Commission stated that “the current drought appears to be the worst in at least 500 years.”
The United States is also coping with the heat. The Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas uncovered dinosaur prints this month that were previously concealed by water and other debris. The Paluxy River is low, so Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur tracks can be seen, according to ABC News.
These markings may well be millions of years old, according to Jeff Davis, the parks superintendent at Dinosaur Valley, who spoke to ABC News. According to Davis, Sauroposeidon footprints are also visible on the park’s other side. Due to the state’s recent high rainfall, Davis predicted that the tracks will soon be submerged under water. But that might be advantageous.
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“It’s the river that will bring in silt and sediment and pile those on top of the tracks. That’s what preserves them, that’s why they’re still here after 113 million years or so,” Davis said.
Spain’s “stonehenge” has become fully visible for the second time since water hid it in the 1960s thanks to a drought there.
The Dolmen of Guadalperal is a monument that has been around since 5,000 B.C. Hugo Obermaier, a German archaeologist, discovered the megalith stone circle for the first time in 1926, yet it is unclear who built it. The region was flooded in 1963 as a result of a project run by dictator Francisco Franco.
The discoveries have even reached Europe, where a dry spell caused more than 20 Nazi ships to break the surface of the water on the Danube River not far from Prahavo, Serbia. The ships were part of Nazi Germany’s Black Sea fleet in 1944, according to the authorities, and they were purposefully sunk as they retreated from the Soviets that were closing in. The authorities also noted that several of the ships still had bombs and ammunition, making shipping in the region potentially hazardous.
The effects of the dry weather are not limited to the West; the Yangtze River in China has uncovered Buddhist treasures that were previously submerged. It is believed that the statues date back 600 years. Authorities, according to China’s state media, think the objects were made during the Ming and Qing periods.
In Germany, old drought-related warnings have reemerged. Initials and dates can be found on “Hunger Stones” that have sprouted along the Rhine, according to Reuters. The years 1947, 1959, 2003, and 2018 are among them.
The “hunger stones” are discussed in a 2013 study on Czech droughts, with the author saying, “One of these is to be found at the left bank of the River Elbe…chiselled with the years of hardship and the initials of authors lost to history. … The basic inscriptions warn of the consequences of drought: … [‘If you see me, weep.’].”
“It expressed that drought had brought a bad harvest, lack of food, high prices and hunger for poor people. Before 1900, the following droughts are commemorated on the stone: 1417, 1616, 1707, 1746, 1790, 1800, 1811, 1830, 1842, 1868, 1892, and 1893,” the study noted.