A 450-year-old church in Mexico has been revealed due to severe drought in the area. Built in 1564, the Temple of Quechula had been abandoned for two centuries after plague ravaged the land.
Having been under nearly 100 feet of water in the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir, the ruins have resurfaced for the first time since 1966. It seems the temple was lost to flooding when a dam was built that year and hasn’t been seen again except once in 2002. Now only 13 years after the previous drought, this could be a sign that global warming is more of an issue than many would like to admit.
In recent years, the temperature of the world’s waters has risen to its highest in recorded history, as previously reported by the Inquisitr. Several cities around the world have also reported this past July to have record heat waves not seen since before mankind had the ability to record it.
This could be what caused the drought that brought the return of the church in Mexico. While such a thing as a submerged church might have been the inspiration for fictional works such as Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones, the temple in Chiapas hadn’t been submerged due to natural causes. According to the Guardian, visitors have taken advantage, climbing the walls and having their own adventures of a sort.
Other submerged sites have included World War II steamboats, which in recent years have been seen for the first time since they were sunk in the Mississippi, the Inquisitr also reported.
The rising temperatures across the world may be the result of greenhouse gases eating away at Earth’s ozone layer, a possible problem revealed by Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
Some have claimed that tropical storms of increasing intensity have been the cause of the rise of temperatures in global waters. Scientists have shot down this theory, claiming that it takes several years for a storm to have any impact on the waters.
California has been dealing with a similar drought to the one which recently revealed the church in Mexico’s Nezahualcoyotl reservoir. Regulations have become fierce enough that citizens have been fined for wasting water with pools, lengthy showers, and even possessing bottles of water. The direct cause of the drought in the U.S. Midwest has been revealed as a drop in the water level in the Colorado River, which is fed by Lake Mead in Nevada. The Inquisitr previously reported that if the water level drops below the 1,000 foot mark, it won’t be high enough to reach the pipe which feeds water to states like Arizona and California.
California has been attempting to prepare an alternative, using the Pacific Ocean as a source of water instead. It could be several years before it will be ready, though.
— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) October 19, 2015
The church in Mexico was revealed after an 82-foot drop in water level, indicating that Mexico is probably facing worse problems. While the water is low enough to reveal the ruins, the locals are taking advantage with tourist boat rides and the sales of goods including fried fish. Tucson News Now states that the church in Mexico is 183 feet long, 42 feet wide, and has a bell tower reaching a height of 48 feet.
It’s doubtful that other places where global warming could be taking its toll are lucky enough to have a tourist attraction to bring in extra money for the local economy. In most cases, the citizens are probably more interested in having the water they need to live day to day.
Do you think the resurfacing of the church in Chiapas, Mexico, is the result of global warming, or could there be a less frightening reason?
[Image via Screen Grab / The Guardian]