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Poland Discovers 17th Century Looted Art in River

A once sunken treasure emerges in our Geo Quiz.

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We're looking for a river that begins up in the Carpathian Mountains of Central Europe. It's Poland's longest river but it's quickly becoming one of Poland's shallowest rivers.

Water levels are as low as anyone can remember thanks to long running drought. Near Warsaw, the dried up riverbed has revealed some surprises: Some unexploded World War II ordnance, a few broken Jewish gravestones, and now some rare and important marble carvings.

The carvings and stonework were stolen from Polish palaces more than 350 years ago.

Can you name this Polish river that's now filled with centuries old loot?

The answer to our Geo Quiz is the Vistula River in Central Europe.

A drought has caused the river to recede near Warsaw, Poland exposing some long lost stonework and marble that was looted from Polish palaces 350 years ago. Archaeologists as well as police are keeping watch on the artifacts scattered over the river bed.

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    Exposed artifacts in the Vistula River near Warsaw (Photo:REUTERS)

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    Policemen patrol the site where artefacts were revealed by low water levels in the riverbed of the Vistula river in Warsaw September 18, 2012. A huge cargo of elaborate marble stonework that sank to the bottom of Poland's Vistula river four centuries ago has re-appeared after a drought and record-low water levels revealed the masonry lying in the mud on the river bed. Archaeologists believe the stonework was part of a trove which 17th-century Swedish invaders looted from Poland's rulers and loaded onto barges to transport home, only for the booty to go to the bottom when the vessels sank. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel