World War II ship emerges in Lake Mead in the face of violent drought in Nevada

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A Higgins ship used for beach landings during World War II surfaced in the face of receding water.

Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Suddenly, A sunken ship from World War II emerged in Nevada’s Lake Mead. as a consequence of the critically low water level amid rising temperatures and drought.

According to the National Park Service report, the ship, a Higgins ship used for beach landings during World War II, it surfaces after the same receding waters revealed multiple bodies, sunken pleasure boats and countless previously submerged items.

The ship was originally so far below the surface that the National Park Service sent divers looking for it in 2006.

During those expeditions, the boat’s engine was removed and they were modified to open up the space between the two machine gun positions toward the stern, a Lake Mead National Recreation Area spokesman said.

According to the AP agency, the vessel was 185 feet underwater. Now, new photos show that the ship has emerged from the surface of the lake, exposing its “skeleton”.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area said it anticipates more artifacts will emerge as water levels continue to recede.

Lake Mead officials do not expect any significant negative changes or impacts to area wildlife or sensitive habitat.

Lake Mead is currently at 30% capacity, according to data from the US Bureau of Reclamation. It reached its maximum elevation in July 1983, at 1,225.44 feet.

The depletion of Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, poses challenges for several states that depend on its water supply.

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