Wrecks from World War Two are Polluting the Ocean’s Ecosystem

Wrecks from World War Two are Polluting the Ocean’s Ecosystem

Isabella Flores-pena

The sinking of World War One and Two ships are affecting the underseas ecosystem. Due to these skinkings explosives, carcinogenic fuel, and chemical weapons are leaking into the sea from sunken naval vessels and other boats that were sunk during the time period of the wars. 

These chemicals have been leaking into the water for decades. The Naval Arms Race in the nineteenth and early twentieth century led to development of increasing power vessels and started to be made out of metal, powered by oil, and other fossil fuels. The wooden predecessors decayed easily and quickly and left little in the way of contamination. No one has attempted to clean the sinking up because many of the wrecks are too much or too dangerous to clean up.