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Lake Mead Offers up Secrets

Lake Mead Gives Up The Ghost Town Of St. Thomas

The drought that is currently taking place in the United States has brought with it some very serious problems, but it has also brought a few positive things. Some aspects of history that have remained unseen and unable to be found for decades or centuries are now being seen again. As the drought worsens they may become more visible or if the drought resolves the items will be unable to be seen again for ages to come.

One of the places giving up its secrets due to the drought is Lake Mead, a lake that is well known as a resort and holiday spot for those who live in Nevada and Arizona.

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Lake Mead Gives Up Its Ghosts as Drought Worsens

The drought in the West is hurting Nevada’s Lake Mead in the most obvious sense—it’s shrinking fast. But that problem comes with an upside: Tourism is up as the water recedes and reveals what lies beneath, reports CBS News. The big draw is the ghost town of St. Thomas, which was submerged after the government bought the land in the 1930s to build the Hoover Dam. The town has been gradually resurfacing over the last decade, so much so that national parks officials plan to put up informational placards for hikers who can now access it on foot, reports the Los Angeles Times. Another popular site requires going under water, just not as far as before: Divers are flocking to the wreckage of a B-29 that crashed in 1948.

The plane used to lie under 260 feet of water, but “now it’s less than 130 feet down, meaning more light and divers don’t need as much technical training,” a member of a company that leads dive tours tells NPR.

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