There are hundreds of thousands of places on earth that we still haven’t been able to explore, especially places that are buried underwater. Scientists and archeologists are still looking for the lost city of Atlantis that sank into the sea in a single day.
Just like Atlantis, a number of Archeological cities and artifacts have been submerged in water either by the power of nature or because they needed to be sacrificed to provide additional power to the growing populations around it.
Either way, here at Smartzune.com we’ve put together a collection of historical places that have been buried underwater and are now resurfacing!
2. Potosi, Venezuela
A few miles southwest of Buenos Aires the tourist village of Epecuen is resurfacing after spending more than 50 years underwater. Back in the 1920s, the village of Epecuen was built on the shore of the Salt Lake “Lago Epecuen” and it became a home to more than 5,000 people by the end of the 1970s. During that time, the weather was becoming more and more abnormal over the years and it brought more rain than unusual to the surrounding area causing the Salt Lake of Epecuen to overfill.
In 1985, the salt lake brok through the earth fill dam and the end of the village began. By the end of 1993, the village sank 33 feet below water. Decades later, the weather began to change again causing the water to retreat in 2009. Now 30 years later we can see the village miraculously resurfacing from the waters.
No power in the world can compete with the power of nature and in this case, the El Niño phenomenon re-surfaced a whole city that was submerged for more than 30 years. Potosi was a small town in Venezuela that was purposely flooded by the local government in order to build a hydroelectric dam in 1985.
Approximately 30 years later, the water level dropped significantly due to the drought that the El Niño phenomenon brought causing the whole city to reemerge. The town’s church which was submerged underwater leaving nothing but the cross visible was now entirely visible alongside the nearby cemetery.