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Our Daily Planet: Missouri Flood Photos and Shipwreck Booty

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Missouri Flood Photos: Check out the scene at Cairo, Ill., after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blasted a levee to save the town. [Countdown: Mightiest Floods of the Mississippi River. ]

Dust Bowl Part II: The remote western edge of the Oklahoma Panhandle is in the middle of the longest drought on record, even worse than the Dust Bowl.

Shipwreck Treasure: What may be the richest shipwreck in history has been found with $500 million in booty.

Previously on Our Daily Planet: Missouri Levee Explosion Video and a New Zealand Tornado

Reach OurAmazingPlanet staff writer Brett Israel at bisrael@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @btisrael.

Brett Israel was a staff writer for Live Science with a focus on environmental issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from The University of Georgia, a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and has studied doctorate-level biochemistry at Emory University.