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Fifth set of human remains found at Lake Mead

Fifth set of human remains found at Lake Mead
This is the third set of remains found in the Swim Beach area near Las Vegas

Another set of human remains has been found in Lake Mead, the latest in a series of discoveries this summer.

Human skeletal remains were found on Monday around Swim Beach in ネバダ, 近く ラスベガス, インクルード 国立公園局 (NPS) 前記.

This marks the fifth time human remains have been discovered around the lake this summer. Ongoing 干ばつ in the western US has been pushing water levels to unprecedented lows this year.

Remains were also found at Swim Beach on 6 8月と 25 7月. The first body, found in a barrel, was spotted on 1 五月, with another spotted a few days later.

Park rangers are recovering the new remains with support from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and an investigation is ongoing, NPS said.

The first recovered body is believed to be a homicide victim from the late 1970s to early 1980s.

Lake Mead is the country’s largest reservoir, sitting on the border of Nevada and Arizona. It was formed after construction of the Hoover Dam along the Colorado River.

今年, drought has pushed water levels to unprecedented lows, shrinking the lake and revealing parts of the landscape that have been underwater since the dam was first constructed. The lake is currently at just above 27 per cent capacity.

In addition to bodies, sinking waters have revealed a boat from the time of the Second World War that had sunk years ago.

Every corner of Nevada is experiencing drought conditions, 以上で 99 per cent of the state in “severe” drought, による the US government’s drought monitor.

But these conditions are just part of a decades-long “megadrought” that has hammered the US west for over 20 年. 1 調査 last year found that these extended dry conditions – powered by the climate crisis – are the driest 20-year period in the region since at least the year 800.

今週, the US federal government instituted mandatory water restrictions for some states along the Colorado River in response to this water shortage.

今年の初め, water levels in Lake Mead had dropped low enough to uncover one of the intake pipes for Las Vegas’s drinking water system.

And conditions are likely to get worse as the planet continues to heat up. A 最近の研究 found that with every degree Celsius of warming, the Colorado River has dried up by about 9 per cent – with further drying expected as the planet gets even warmer.