Ancient Artifacts, Dinosaur Tracks, Nazi Ships Appear Around The World As Drought Causes Low Water Levels
Drought In The Yangtze River Basin WUHAN, CHINA - AUGUST 25:(CHINA OUT) Cracked silt on the bank of the Fu River, a tributary of the Yangtze River, seen on August 25, 2022 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since July the continuous high temperature has caused the most severe meteorological drought in the Yangtze River Basin since 1961. According to local weather forecasts there will be rain over the weekend, which may ease the drought. (Photo by Getty Images) Getty Images / Stringer
Photo by Getty Images / Stringer

Droughts around the world have led to ancient discoveries as water levels recede and long-lost mysterious items are revealed.

Around two-thirds of Europe is facing drought alerts and warnings, a report from the Global Drought Observatory found. The European Commission said the recent findings indicate “the current drought still appears to be the worst since at least 500 years,” per the BBC.

The United States is feeling the heat as well. This month, the Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas discovered dinosaur tracks that are typically hidden by water and other materials. The Paluxy River is low, which resulted in Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur tracks being visible, ABC News reported.

Jeff Davis, a parks superintendent at Dinosaur Valley, told ABC News these markings could be millions of years old. Davis said that Sauroposeidon tracks can also be seen on the other side of the park. The tracks will likely be hidden by water in the near future due to heavy rain in the state, Davis said. However, that could be a good thing.

“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.

In Spain, a drought has revealed a Spanish “stonehenge,” which can be entirely viewed for the second time since water shielded it in the 1960s.

Spain Battles Extreme Drought During Prolonged Dry Spell CACERES, SPAIN - JULY 28: The Dolmen of Guadalperal, sometimes also known as "The Spanish Stonehenge" is seen above the water level at the Valdecanas reservoir, which is at 27 percent capacity, on July 28, 2022 in Caceres province, Spain. Some areas of Europe are at risk of drought following a lack of precipitation and severe heatwaves. Spain is battling one of the driest weather conditions in a long time, which could lead to implications for agriculture and tourism, with some areas already facing water restrictions. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / Contributor

Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Contributor/Getty Images

The spectacle is called the Dolmen of Guadalperal, and dates back to 5,000 B.C. It is a circle of many megalithic stones that was first found by Hugo Obermaier, a German archaeologist, in 1926, although it is unknown who constructed it. In 1963, the area was flooded during a project implemented under the rule of dictator Francisco Franco.

The findings have also spread to Europe, where a drought resulted in more than 20 Nazi ships breaking the water’s surface on the Danube River close to Prahavo, Serbia. Authorities explained that the ships were in Nazi Germany’s Black Sea fleet in 1944 and were intentionally sunk while pulling back from the approaching Soviets. The authorities added that many of the vessels still have bomb devices and ammunition, so shipping in the area could be dangerous.

The dry conditions are not just impacting the West, with China’s Yangtze River revealing Buddhist artifacts that used to be underwater. The statues are considered to be 600 years old. According to China’s state media, authorities believe the pieces were constructed in the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Warnings from previous droughts have also resurfaced in Germany. “Hunger stones” have appeared along the River Rhine and contain initials and dates, according to Reuters. The dates include 1947, 1959, 2003, and 2018.

"Hungersteine" in the river Elbe 03 August 2018, Germany, Dresden: A so-called "Hungerstein" (lit. "Hungry stone") on the banks of the river Elbe in Dresden's Laubegast district. The extremely low water level of the Elbe allows so-called "Hungersteine" to be recorded in the Saxon part of the river. "Hungersteine" are striking rock formations, stones or plates in rivers, which are only visible at particularly low water levels and bear dates or inscriptions. (to dpa: "Experts record hunger stones of the Elbe thanks to low water" of 03.08.2018) Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa (Photo by Sebastian Kahnert/picture alliance via Getty Images) picture alliance / Contributor

Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa Photo by Sebastian Kahnert/picture alliance /Contributor via Getty Images

A 2013 study regarding Czech droughts discusses the “hunger stones,” explaining, “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.

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