Discovery down under

08/09/2004
In the process of exploring for oil and natural gas under the Earth's waters, oil companies conducting surveys occasionally make some other interesting discoveries, such as sunken aircraft, ships, and U-boats (OGJ, Aug. 20, 2001, p. 19). In the Gulf of Mexico, for example, 56 ships destroyed during World War II lie on the seabed, one of the great concentrations of commercial war casualties in the world.Seven such shipwrecks in the northern gulf—three tankers, two freighters, a German U-boat (see photo), and a steam yacht that sank accidentally—currently are the subject of a pilot study to determine the impact humans have on the deepwater marine environment, the impact dee...
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