Relic Watch: A running list of stuff exposed by our drying bodies of water

Nazi war ships, Buddhist statues, human remains ... what else will worldwide droughts reveal?

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Climate change is causing heat waves and droughts across the planet.

Bodies of water are drying up — and as water levels recede, they’re revealing parts of history that have long been buried.

From warships, to statues, to ominous warnings from humans who came before us, these are some of the most interesting discoveries that have been made because of drought and low water levels.

Spanish Stonehenge

A hot summer and drought in Spain revealed a man-made rock formation known as "Spanish Stonehenge," or Dolmen of Guadalperal.

It is believed to have been arranged around 5,000 B.C., but was lost to flooding.

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Nazi warships

The Danube River is at its lowest level in nearly a century, which has led to the discovery of sunken German warships lost during World War II.

The ships, spotted near Prahovo, Serbia, still had explosives and weapons on board.

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Hunger stones

Perhaps the most ominous discovery spurred by drought: "hungersteine," or "hunger stones."

These rocks, found across Europe, were put in place in the 15th century as markers of low water levels to warn of potential famine.

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A giant shoe

3,000 years ago in the Jotunheimen mountains of Norway, someone lost a massive shoe. Measuring at 28 cm, it would be a size 36 or 37 by today’s standards.

Think the shoe’s owner could have ever imagined it would be found — in damn good condition — thousands of years later, thanks to melting snow?

Vegard Vike, Cultural History Museum in Oslo
Dinosaur footprints

Drought across the American West led to the discovery of surprisingly intact dinosaur footprints in Texas.

The prints, believed to have been left by an Acrocanthosaurus, are likely more than 113 million years old.

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Human remains

Bodies of deceased people who had previously never been found have started floating to the surface — in multiple areas — as water levels drop.

Two people who died in the Swiss Alps were recently found, and human remains were found in a barrel in Lake Mead.


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