The lake (once the fourth largest in the world) has been shrinking since the 1960’s, when the Soviet Union diverted two rivers to provide irrigation for farms. This year a drop in rain and snow levels lowered the water level even more.
A preserved piece of American Civil War hardtack with a tintype portrait of Union soldier Augustus Bigelow Hayes embedded in it which was taken after he was wounded at the Battle of Stones River while serving with the 1st Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment, c. 1862-1865.
Soviet riflemen prepare to repel an Axis attack from across the Don river on the southern outskirts of Voronezh during the Battle of Voronezh. Near Voronezh, Voronezh Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. July 1942.
All trains leaving the north side of Chicago Union Station cross Canal Street soon after leaving the station. This was originally Milwaukee Road trackage and is now used by the Metra Milwaukee District and Amtrak.
The Canal Street crossing is just west of the North Branch of the Chicago River, and has become prime real estate. Here are a number of views of the crossing over the years which show how it has changed:
A Soviet Army intelligence group on an inflatable boat moves across the river Don on a reconnaissance mission south of the city of Voronezh during the First Battle of Voronezh; the successful opening move of the German summer offensive in 1942. Near Voronezh, Voronezh Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. June 1942. Image taken by Semyon Friedland.
Caption: “New York Central Railroad SW1 657 at Union Station in Chicago, Illinois on February 27, 1966. Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. … It is seen here on the north (Milwaukee Road) side of Union Station, likely transferring storage mail from the NYC to the Milwaukee Road. The Milwaukee held the mail contract between Chicago and the Twin Cities.”