Europe Drought Reveals Hunger Stone: Pictures

Which Europe is baking under this summer record heat wavesdrought has also caused water levels to plunge on rivers and lakes across the continent.

In the Netherlands, the Waal River is so low that it has fallen below the bottom marker on bridges.

In Germany, the Rhine is so dry, it is causing shipping problems.

And in Spain, receding water in a reservoir has revealed a prehistoric treasure.

The Dyssen from Guadalperal or Spanish Stonehenge, has been revealed in the province of Cáceres‎ for just the fourth time since the 1960s. The rocks date back thousands of years, but were flooded due to development during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship.

Elsewhere in Europe, so-called hunger stones – markers placed by people in drought from previous years – show up in rivers once more.

It is not uncommon for the water level to drop during the summer months, but this year it is particularly extreme.

“It is absolutely extraordinary, especially at this time of the year,” Martina Becker of the German company HGK Shipping told the BBC. “It is an unusual situation for us, and the question is what happens in October, when the normally dry months come. We are already approaching the record low level we had in 2018. We can reach that level next week.”

Weather disasters such as drought are inextricably linked to man-made climate change. The planet has already warmed 2.1 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, according to NASA, and that makes disasters worse. Stopping this vicious cycle will require drastically reducing our dependence on climate-polluting fossil fuels.

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