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Drought conditions across much of Central America have plunged water levels in the Mississippi River to new record levels, raising concerns about supply chain issues caused by a slowdown in barge traffic, but not on new exposed land. Curious about the discoveries going on.

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The river plunged to a new record low of 10.81 feet below sea level in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday morning, with gauges in much of the South and Midwest also reporting historically low water levels.

There is no respite, according to the National Weather Service, which predicts that river levels will remain at or near record levels at least through early November as drought persists across much of the central United States.

The low water level is also causing barge backup across much of the river, increasing shipping costs, while some ships have Till here run aground.

Almost all corn and soybean products, and half of all wheat that is barge-run in the US, travels through the Mississippi River, according For Farm Bureau, and the river is a major transport route for crude oil and coal.

The low water level has also uncovered some mysterious discoveries, such as Ruins A wrecked yacht in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which was destroyed by a hurricane in 1915 (there are no plans to salvage the century-old ship).

Abandoned cars have also been washed away in the exposed river bed south of Memphis, and human bones have been found in Cohoma County, Mississippi.

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"America will shut down if we shut down," said Mike Ellis, CEO of Indiana-based American Commercial Barge Line. wall street journal,