The historical drought in the American West has played a role in surprises: a skeleton was found in a metal drum in the 1980s on the dry shores of a man-made lake near Las Vegas, and warns that other horrific discoveries could follow. Police.
It was in Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, that its size dropped significantly as a result of the chronic drought, and the body of a prisoner was found Sunday morning by boatmen in rusty mud.
Based on the personal effects found on the case with the body, Las Vegas police believe the man was killed in the 1980s.
The cause of death or the nature of the items have not been revealed by investigators and they have not yet identified the victim.
Las Vegas Police Lt. Ray Spencer told the 8newsnow.com news site, “This is a very difficult case.
“I would say the chances of finding new human remains are very high when the water level drops,” he warned.
The western United States has been in the grip of a historic drought for many years, threatening the water supply of large sections of the population and causing the level of lakes and rivers to drop dramatically.
Across the Colorado River, Lake Mead, a vast reservoir connected to the Hoover Dam, has reached its lowest point since 1937.
According to a 2020 study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Colorado flow has dropped by an average of 20% in the last century, and may have contributed to at least half of this fall. Area.
The planet has already warmed to about 1.1 degrees Celsius since pre-industrial times, mainly due to human-generated greenhouse gases, mainly fossil fuels. Much of this global warming has occurred over the past 50 years.