Drought reveals ancient ‘hunger stones’ in Czech river
Boulders known as "hunger stones" are reappearing in the Elbe River, due to this summer's drought in Central Europe.
The low water levels in the river that begins in the Czech Republic, then crosses Germany into the North Sea has exposed stones on the river bed whose appearances in history used to warn people that hard times were coming.
Over a dozen of the hunger stones, chosen to record low water levels, can now be seen in and near the northern Czech town of Decin near the German border.
The oldest water mark visible dates to 1616. That stone, is considered the oldest hydrological landmark in Central Europe, bears a chiselled inscription in German that says: "When you see me, cry."