Monday, July 19, 2010

A Treasure Trove in the Baltic Sea

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Clearing a path for Nord Stream
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archaeologists are delighted
to the construction of the new Baltic Sea pipeline
The massive Nord Stream project to bring natural gas from Russia to Germany has uncovered dozens of shipwrecks and other historic artifacts.
In recent weeks and months
Officials at Nord Stream
learned about the unpredictable side of the Baltic, as pipeline construction crews stumbled across debris from centuries gone by
remains of a thousand years of maritime trade, as well as the products of dozens of wars, are crumbling in the mud and silt at the bottom of the Baltic Sea
depths conceal the rusting remains of poison gas grenades, high explosive shells and aircraft bombs
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Nord Stream's salvage crews have identified about 70 shipwrecks in the territorial waters of the nations bordering the Baltic Sea (Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden), all within a corridor that is only 125 meters wide.
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