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Ship on dry land

America’s largest artificial water reservoir is drying up. The consequences are devastating.

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San Francisco As the water drains, mysterious things emerge. Sunken ships, for example – or a barrel with a human skeleton. He was murdered decades ago by the Las Vegas mafia and dumped in a reservoir. Lake Mead used to be a tourist attraction and a lifegiver, but now it’s mostly just one thing: a sign of climate desertification.

For years, the sun has been beating relentlessly on the waters along the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. The area has been dry for a long time without rain. The water level behind the mighty Hoover Dam has been falling by as much as 57 meters so far. This has never happened in the 80-year history of America’s largest man-made reservoir.

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