PHOTOS: Pacific Shipwrecks Potentially Toxic Time Bombs

PHOTOS: Pacific Shipwrecks Potentially Toxic Time Bombs
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Some Pacific World War II wrecks still contain oil, diesel, and even weaponry and unexploded ordnance. A diver holds a machine gun found in a U.S. World War II shipwreck near the Pacific island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu.

In cases where oil leaks may present hazards, some conservationists say advanced fuel-draining techniques are safer than waiting for the ship to release a major spill of oil or other toxins into the ocean.
—Photograph by David Doubilet/NGS
 
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