Climate change is among the most dreaded events in the world.
According to the United Nations, the unprecedented rapid warming of our planet due to human activities is behind hotter temperatures, more destructive storms, severe droughts, food shortages, poverty, and the biodiversity crisis.
Increased drought has been affecting many regions in the world, including the Horn of Africa where millions of people are at risk in the face of famine.
In Europe, disruption to electricity generation, reduced agricultural yields, and wildfires plague the continent as it faces its worst drought in at least five centuries.
And yet, as climate change also impacts rivers and glaciers causing them to dry up and melt, quite a number of unexpected surprises emerge from long-hidden watery graves!
These are some of the surprising treasures that are being found around the world:
- Texas, USA: Dinosaur tracks. No one expected Paluxey River to be hiding dinosaur tracks for 113 million years until its waters dried up and exposed these amazing paleontological finds.
- Crystal Palace, UK: Nowadays, visitors to this park are able to catch sight of newly-exposed dinosaur sculptures in its lake. This occurred due to rain shortage and failure to regularly dredge the area.
- Jotunheimen Mountain range, Norway: “We have never unearthed an arrowhead like this before,” said the Secrets of the Ice group, a team of glacial archaeologists from Oslo’s Museum of Cultural History, on social media. “A Viking was the last person to touch it.” The remark was inspired by their discovery of Viking weapons, including an iron-tipped arrow, in melted glaciers at the mountain range.
- Rome, Italy: Low water levels in Tiber river, brought about by Italy’s worst drought in 70 years, have exposed two of the ancient piers of Nero’s bridge. Constructed in the first century, Emperor Nero used this bridge to reach his botanical gardens in Janiculum Hill, proximate to what is now St Peter’s Square. On the other hand, in Po River, an unexploded World War II bomb was found, while the ancient medieval walls of the Morando di Bonavigo Castle have resurfaced in Adige river.
- Danube River, Serbia: As the Danube River hits record lows, a fleet of Nazi warships has emerged, of which the European Union and the European Investment Bank are financing the removal.
- Cáceres,Spain: The Dolmen of Guadelperal, also known as the “Spanish Stonehenge” has been seen just four times after its submergence in 1963, by flooding caused by a government project. But with the extreme drying of the Iberian peninsula, the stone circle has come to light. Meanwhile, intense drought has also impacted Lima River, which has also laid bare a Roman military camp probably named Aquis Querquennis, built around 75AD. Its ruins include those of an ancient temple, thermal baths, and army barracks.
- Nineveh Governorate, Iraq: With the draining of the Mosul Dam, a Bronze age city reemerges which once belonged to the Mittani Empire.
- Hubei, China: As Yangtze River shrinks, an island with three ancient Buddha statues appear. The statues are estimated to be about 600 years old, created during the Ming and Qing dynasties.