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Ghost Fleet: The Sunken Ships of Bikini Atoll
In 1946, the United States began a series of nuclear tests on Bikini Atoll to determine the impact of atomic bombs. Delgado, a noted marine archaeologist with the National Park Service, visited Bikini in the late 1980s to explore and document the condition of the sunken ships. His work is more than an archaeological study; it is the history of the nuclear age. This book ch ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by University of Hawaii Press
(first published 1996)
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Dec 20, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Ghost Fleet is a very well done book about the atomic bomb tests done during Operation Crossroads in 1946. This operation attempted to ascertain what kind of damage battle ready naval vessels might sustain if they were subjected to a nuclear explosion. Needless to say, they didn't fare well, and neither did the Bikinians who have now been exiled from their homeland for 65 years because the Bikini Atoll is still "hot." Furthermore, thousands of servicemen who were exposed to radioactive fallout d ...more