Severe drought exposes 400-year-old church

The 16th century Dominican church is normally covered by water

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Climate change has had some devastating effects in California and northern Mexico.

Some water reservoirs have shrunk to extreme levels due to prolonged periods of drought.

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However, one unlikely silver lining has literally emerged from the city of Oaxaca in the south of Mexico.

Drone footage captured the ruins of a 16th century Dominican church, normally covered by water, that emerged from underneath the waves due to severe drought in the Benito Juarez Dam in Jalapa del Marquez.

Former Mexican president Benito Juarez built the dam in the 1960s flooding the ancient village and nearly all of the city's history with it.

Interestingly enough, the church does pop out above the water during dry spells but this is the first time it has been revealed in its entirety.

A school and parts of a pantheon were also revealed when the waters dropped.

Mexico is home to many different ruins from many different civilisations leading to a strange mix of Mayan and Aztec ruins often standing near Spanish Colonial ruins.

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