“A fish out of water surveys the scene at old Bluffton, a Texas town that was flooded in 1937-38 during the creation of Lake Buchanan. As lakes across the Lone Star State have shrunk in the current drought, they’ve left some wildlife high and dry but also revealed ruins, gravestones, fossils, ancient tools, and other artifacts.
Though many of these relics were submerged by 20th-century dams, some ancient artifacts date to a time when Southwest droughts were far more common, Postel said.
“If you go way back you find these mega droughts that are believed to have undone civilizations like those in Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde,” ” she said. “It’s in our history to have much more serious drought than we’ve had in the last century.”
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