The Sunken Ships Of Bikini AtollBook - 1996
In July 1946 a fleet of 242 ships, assembled within the Lagoon of Bikini Atoll. There, in a massive military effort dubbed "Operation Crossroads," scientists and U.S. military personel gathered to assess the atomic bomb's effect on warships in the world's first nuclear weapons tests. After evacuating 167 islanders and carefully positioning the ships - their cargo included airplanes, tanks, live animals, and test equipment - the U.S. detonated two atomic bombs, sinking 22 ships and hopelessly irradiating 73 others. Four decades later, in 1989, a highly trained team of underwater archaeologists returned to Bikini to evaluate the ships as historic and archaelogical sites and as potential diving attractions.
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press,� Honolulu : c1996
Branch Call Number: ANF 996.93 DELG
Characteristics: x, 204 p., [8 ̄ p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map ; 24 cm