Underwater archaeological sites face a stormy future

Aug 01, 2018, 8:24 AM EDT
(Source: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument/flickr)
(Source: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument/flickr)

Far from sight, in the remote depths of oceans sit the silent remnants of sunken, wrecked ships, like the one near the shore of Mexico Beach that went down in 1942 and eventually designated as one of Florida’s Underwater Archaeological Preserves in 2004.

These shipwrecks are abuzz with marine activity, forming isolated ecosystems closely intertwined with the ocean biology, mutually existing with the surrounding flora and fauna, and of course fascinating for their heritage charm that’s now threatened by changing climate, reports Wired.

The data over this kind of “second death” of long-submerged shipwrecks is scarce, and the talks about the impact of climate change hardly frequent the media columns despite a handful of threats that may knock them to oblivion, writes Atlas Obscura.