Nazi ships, Buddhist statues: Artifacts reemerge due to heat – USA TODAY

Ancient relics, prehistoric treasures and medieval villages are among the underwater artifacts that have resurfaced as water levels around the world plunge because of drought.  
This year, the United States has been hit hard by major flooding events, water shortages and scorching temperatures. Multiple sets of human remains have resurfaced in Lake Mead as water levels continue to recede. 
Climate change affects everything from agriculture to energy transport, and many areas are not equipped with the infrastructure to deal with such extremes.
Europe is facing record heat waves. China issued a drought emergency this week as areas of the Yangtze River dry up, Chinese state media says.
It also upends the physical and mental well-being of those who are most impacted. Poor people and other marginalized groups often bear the greatest brunt of climate change, according to the United Nations.
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Three ancient Buddhist statues believed to be around 600 years old were revealed on a previously submerged island in the Yangtze River amid a severe drought and heatwave in China’s Southwest. 
Spain in July experienced its hottest month since at least 1961, leaving Spanish reservoirs at just 40 percent of capacity on average earlier this month, according to Reuters.
The Dolmen of Guadalperal, or “Spanish Stonehenge,” in Spain’s province of Cáceres is fully exposed‎ from low water levels. 
The prehistoric stone circle with more than 100 standing rocks was discovered by German archaeologist Hugo Obermaier in 1926 and dates back to around 7,000 years ago.
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The rocks became submerged in the 1960s during a rural development project under Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, according to NASA. In 2019, the entire structure was exposed for the first time since the Valdecañas reservoir was filled during the project.
North of Barcelona in the Sau reservoir, the Church of Sant Romà – which was built in the 11th century in the village Sant Romà and disappeared underwater in 1963 when a nearby dam was built, according to Religiana – has become fully exposed. 
Europe’s second longest river, the Danube, is facing a persistent drought.
Dozens of Nazi Germany’s warships that were sunk during World War II have resurfaced in the river this year.
A crashed B-29 Superfortress, prehistoric salt mines, handguns, baby strollers, vintage beer cans, fake and real human skeletons, ancient arrowheads and dozens of sunken boats have been found at Lake Mead, the nation’s largest built reservoir surface.
The lake was created by blocking the Colorado River with the Hoover Dam. Drought and heavy water usage by nearby states has diminished Lake Mead’s water level for years, dropping more than 170 feet since the reservoir was full in 1983.
Just this week, the Dinosaur Valley State Park revealed the severe drought in Texas has revealed new dinosaur tracks after the water in the Paluxy River receded.
These new tracks, park superintendent Jeff Davis told USA TODAY, “either haven’t been seen for decades, or you know, that maybe haven’t been seen by anybody in anyone’s living memory. So that is what makes it kind of special, what’s going on right now.”
Contributing: Mike Snider, USA TODAY
Camille Fine is a trending visual producer on USA TODAY’s NOW team. 


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