PHOTOS: Pacific Shipwrecks Potentially Toxic Time Bombs

PHOTOS: Pacific Shipwrecks Potentially Toxic Time Bombs
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Oil seeps from Japan's Amagisu Maru wreck in Chuuk Lagoon in this photo taken for a May 1976 National Geographic magazine story.

Marine biologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle, who dove the lagoon and wrote that story, advocates a cautious approach to cleanup but believes it's important to assess wrecks for environmental risk.

"We need to know how much oil, the depth, what the complications [of cleanup] might be," she says. "An intelligent evaluation would be mandatory."
—Photograph by A.L. Giddings/NGS
 
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