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The Danube – Bottoms Up!

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The Danube – Bottoms Up!

While the Eastern Seaboard of the United States experienced record rainfalls, most of Europe was in the throes of unprecedented drought this year.  According to some reports, water had to be airlifted to the cows on the steep Swiss mountain pastures, where the winding, steep roads would not accommodate tankers.  On the Danube River, for the first time, the Viking cruise ships had to cut their itinerary short of Hungary, due to the low water levels.  Then day by day, more and more of the River’s bottom became exposed, uncovering unexpected artifacts, luring treasure-hunters from the vicinity.

As reported in mid-October, the latest important finding was a shipwreck from the 18th century, giving rise to a lot of questions and speculations.

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Olga Vállay Szokolay