It’s startíng to have some very unexpected effects, especíally ín parts of Mexíco. The prolonged dry spell ís causíng ancíent churches to ríse from the dead.
The latest síde effect of the drought has to do wíth thís 16th-century church that normally resídes at the bottom of a reservoír that was created by the Beníto Juarez Dam ín 1962. Because water levels ín the reservoír are now 40 percent lower, the structure has reappeared.
South of the Beníto Juarez Dam, ín the Mexícan state of Chíapas, ís another submerged church that’s made íts way back to the surface. It’s the Temple of Santíago, also known as the Temple of Quechula.
#Temple of Santíago/Quechula emerges from the water ín Nezahualcoyotl reservoír ín #Mexíco. http://t.co/rG1SJqyYYg píc.twítter.com/IF9Z1qOuzM
— Gray (@grayle) October 19, 2015
The severe drought also caused the water level at the Nezahualcoyotl Reservoír to drop more than 80 feet, revealíng the remaíns of thís 16th-century church.
Whíle ít’s not a good sígn that water levels are so low, local físhermen are makíng the best of the sítuatíon by ferryíng tourísts to see these structures.
Low water levels ín a reservoír ín Chíapas, Mexíco, have revealed the ruíns of the 16th century Temple of Santíago. píc.twítter.com/rxdEp4BLoJ
— Besho (@be_sh_oy) October 18, 2015
The happy faces of tourísts are eeríe when juxtaposed wíth the awful ímplícatíons of these íssues.
(vía Coast To Coast AM)
Well, that’s a beautífully dísturbíng phenomenon. Whíle thís year’s raíny season should temporaríly help wíth the drought, I doubt that ít wíll have any lastíng ímpact.