PHOTOS: Pacific Shipwrecks Potentially Toxic Time Bombs

PHOTOS: Pacific Shipwrecks Potentially Toxic Time Bombs
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Mines from a sunken Japanese munitions ship appear in this photograph from marine biologist Sylvia Earle's 1976 National Geographic story on Chuuk Lagoon in Mirconesia.

Conservationist Michael Barrett hopes his study of Chuuk's wrecks will help identify those most likely to cause environmental harm and spur cleanup efforts, especially where fuel leaks are possible. "The longer these ships are down there getting corroded or battered by waves," he says, "the higher the risk of a spilll."
—Photograph by A.L. Giddings/NGS
 
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