Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Vaguely archaeology USS Arizona dissolves slowly into the sea
Steel plates, once an inch thick, have rusted down to less than half that. Tiny marine creatures have planted themselves on the ship's hull and died there, creating a thick, concretelike coating that weighs it down.

And blobs of oil — so smooth they look like black pebbles — slowly float to the surface. There may still be half a million gallons onboard the Arizona; if the hull gives way, it will all escape.

When will that happen? It could begin in as little as a decade or two.

I think it's about time we get over the 'sacredness' of the site and, minimally, do what is necessary to get the remaining oil out.