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A sunken World War II ship has surfaced at Lake Mead in Nevada, the National Park Service said

A sunken World War II ship has surfaced on Nevada’s Lake Mead, the National Park Service said, as its waters continue to recede amid rising temperatures and drought.

The ship, a Higgins boat used for beach landings during World War II, comes to the surface after the same receding waters have uncovered multiple bodies, sunken pleasure craft and a variety of previously submerged items.

The boat was originally so far below the surface that the National Park Service sent divers out to search for it in 2006.

During those expeditions, the boat’s engine was removed and the boat modified to open up the space between the two machine gun positions toward the stern, a spokesman for Lake Mead National Recreation Area said.

The Associated Press reported that the ship was 185 feet underwater. Now, new photos show the ship emerging from the lake’s surface, exposing the bones of the long-lived ship.

The Lake Mead National Recreation Area said it expects more artifacts to emerge as water levels continue to recede — which they expect to do, a spokesman told ABC News.

“Lake Mead has had a rich history as a National Parks entity for 90 years, with a multitude of cultural and historical artifacts. As water levels recede and fluctuate, it’s possible that artifacts that we know about and don’t know about will show up,” the spokesman said.

According to the Lake Mead National Recreation Center, water at the reservoir has dropped 160 feet after decades of “unprecedented drought” in the area.

While the reservoir is still open to visitors, its landscape is changing with increasing speed.

According to the spokesman for Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the reservoir’s current elevation as of July 12 is 1,041.9 feet, which is the area’s lowest water elevation since the reservoir was filled in the 1930s.

No significant relief is on the horizon for Lake Mead as it is expected to continue losing water, officials said.

However, Lake Mead officials do not expect any significant negative changes or impacts on wildlife or sensitive habitat, a spokesman told ABC News.

According to data from the US Bureau of Reclamation, Lake Mead is currently operating at 30% capacity. It reached its highest altitude in July 1983 at 1225.44 feet.

Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, now poses challenges to several states that depend on its water supply.

The reservoir was formed on the Colorado River after the Hoover Dam was built in 1931, according to the National Park Service.

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