• These rusty weapons are waiting for their last minute to come in a bunker near German town of Jeßnitz. They were found in the Baltic. The experts decided to lift them and dismantle on the ground.

  • Deepwater mines sometimes float up in the Black sea. A largescale project of their dismantling was performed by the Russian military forces in 2010, prior to construction of a pipeline that would carry natural gas to Sochi 2014 Olympic objects.

  • This photo depicts a tabun plant in a small Prussian town of Dyhernfurth (currenty Brzeg Dolny in Poland). Part of the dangerous production after the defeat of Hitler Army was dumped in the Baltic near Germany, the other part rests on the bed of Skagerrak, strait of the North Sea between Denmark and Norway.

  • Baltic amber attracts many residents of coastal towns. However, search for it might end tragically. Two women staying at German resort island of Usedom took for amber yellow phosphorus used during WWII as ignition for missiles. Apparently, it was washed ashore from the sea. It resulted in second and third degree burns of legs and arms of both women.

  • This photo depicts a controlled explosion of WWII weapons near Rügen Island in 2007. Usually experts decide to explode very large bombs weighing over one ton. Smaller bombs are usually dismantled after lifted on the ground.

  • NATO trains special forces for dismantling of historical weapons. For example, such team of British, Danish and Belgian military forces works in the North Sea. This missile was found in 2009 near the British Isles by the team.

  • Sable fishery is the main source of income for many households on the Aleutian Islands. A fisherman trauled this rusty thing when fishing in North Pacific. It appeared to be an old landmine which he now installed in his porch.

  • KeyDog the Dolphin is a true warrior! After he completes his training developed and handled by the US Navy experts, he'd work in Persian Gulf looking for deepwater mines and bombs left after all Middle East war campaigns.

  • Some ecologists say that unexplained death of fish and marine mammals is related to underwater explosions. This is why dismatling experts prefer to lift most weapons on the ground. Such explosions bring death to every living creature for miles around.

WWII Aftermath:

How To Dismantle An Old Bomb

German authorities carry out a largescale plan on upgrading the national energy system. They plan to build a huge wind farm in the Baltic near a small town of Norddeich. However, this project is challenged by a serious obstacle. Right at the site of the future wind farm construction the sea bed is packed with bombs and missiles that lie there for 70 years. An international team of experts was recruited to perform a massive hydrographic survey of the site, so that the WWII bombs could be safely dismantled.

– First stage of the project would last for one month, – Russian team members say. – A remotely operated vehicle would explore the sea bed, while team surveyors would mark the bombs on maps. After that the military would either explode them or lift them up.

In fact, most of the bombs are too old to be lifted up safely, therefore they are to be exploded right at the site. Prior to explosion the team uses an ultrasound device to chase out all the fish and other creatures. So far the team has found three aerial bombs 750 kilos each. The military encountered certain difficulties with the explosion, since the old detonators were damaged.

Project is to be finished by the end of 2012. Russian crew is on it until the end of November. However, our sea would not be completely free of WWII traces rusting on its bed.

Over one third of the Baltic seabed is covered with dangerous remains – not only aerial bombs, but also deepwater mines. The greatest danger is concealed in containers with tabun, nerve agent planned to be used as a chemical weapon. It was produced in a small coastal town in Germany. By the end of World War II the nazis simply dumped all cotainers to the sea. Some of them were dumped later by the Allies to the Norwegian strait of Skagerrak.

It might seem that only European water bodies, such as the Baltic, Black, North and Mediterranean seas, are facing the problem of pollution with old weapons. However, facts are the opposite. Every year fishermen capture about three tons of old weapons all around the world. Seismic radars detect underwater explosions at least every month. It all sounds like a true environmental disaster.

Photos: Spiegel.demarkjohnson.photoshelter.com and Shutterstock.

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