PHOTOS: Pacific Shipwrecks Potentially Toxic Time Bombs

PHOTOS: Pacific Shipwrecks Potentially Toxic Time Bombs
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The Pacific Ocean is littered with World War II debris. Sunken warships lie in the waters around Palau, some of whose 300 islands are pictured here.

So many Allied and Japanese ships sank in a strait next to the nearby Solomon Islands during the 1942-1943 Battle of Guadalcanal, that it became known as Iron Bottom Sound.

While most wrecks are considered safe, some pose potential hazards to marine life, beaches, and local economies.
—Photograph by Norbert Wu/Minden Pictures
 
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