River relics in central US surface as drought drops water levels

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    Colby Buchanan, US Coast Guard, via AP

    The drought revealed this WWII minesweeper, seen here on Nov. 28 on the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Mo.

    By Jim Salter, The Associated Press

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    Historical level flooding in 2011, major drought in 2012. In May of 2012, the Mississippi recorded an all time high. Now it is at an all time low.

    Wider and wilder, with an overall warming.
     
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    ya cause of course it never happened before right?
     
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    No, in the recorded history of the time we have observed the river, we have not had a time when one year had all time flood records, and the next year had all time low water records.
     
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    Republicans say "let it die". No spending on infrastructure. We do nothing. That will "save money".
     
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    The rock contains etchings believed to be up to 1,200 years old. It was not in the river a millennium ago, but the changing course of the waterway now normally puts it under water — exposed only in periods of extreme drought.

    "It appears to be a map of prehistoric Indian villages," said Steve Dasovich, an anthropology professor at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. "What's really fascinating is that it shows village sites we don't yet know about."



    How cool is that? Gave me a chill.
     
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    Wow! There is so much we do not know about that culture, if we can find a relitively undisturbed site from these maps, it would be absolutely wonderful.
     
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    What "infrastructure" do we need to "spend" "money" on to increase rainfall?

    Be "specific".
     
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    Of course it has happened before. But when floods of a scale that typically only happened once a millenium, begin happening every couple of decades, and floods that more typically only happened once a century begin happening every few years, it is indicative of dramatic climate change.
     
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    How do we know they only happened once a millennium when we've only been hear 200 - 300 years?
     

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