Drought Reveals Ships

While we're running head-first into a global climate crisis, we might as well unearth some interesting pieces of history. In Europe's Danube River, the water level is so low, that WWII Nazi warships are resurfacing along with their thousands of onboard explosives. Dipo Faloyin at Vice has more.

Twenty explosive-filled German warships have resurfaced after a historic drought pushed the waters of Europe’s second-longest river to its lowest levels in a century. 

The sunken World War II warships, part of Nazi Germany’s Black Sea Fleet, were discovered along the Serbian stretch of the Danube River. The ships are believed to be still carrying over 10,000 pieces of explosive ordnance, many of which are unexploded, prompting fears that the debris could pose a significant danger to ships and fishermen and also endanger the local supply of drinking water.  


The resurfacing of historic vessels makes for photos that I find fascinating. However, the real and visible effects of climate change are now being seen in areas that aren't remote. The Colorado River is so low, that you can see white areas on the surrounding rocks that have been submerged for centuries. This isn't a natural event and the science is clear that this is the doing of us human beings. My hope is the evidence mounts fast enough that those in power can do something about it before we lose it all.