pollution, environment, conservation

Photography[SIZE=7]Stunning Photos Showing NYC Subway Cars Being Dumped Into the Ocean[/SIZE]

It’s not every day you see a series of photos clearly documenting someone with a front end loader pushing industrial waste directly into the ocean without any care of secrecy or stealth. Photographer Stephen Mallon captured this series of pictures over three years to document the unusual methods that New York City uses to dispose of its subway cars, but before you jump to conclusions, be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom, because this dumping has a secret purpose!
[SIZE=6]New York City has developed a special way to get rid of broken-down subway cars…[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=6]Custom barges are loaded high with subway cars and carried out to the cold icy depths in the middle of the ocean.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=6]They use construction equipment to push the subway cars over the edge, splashing into the waters…[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=6]The cars go over the edge one by one…[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=6]It may seem like a wasteful act of reckless pollution, but there is a deeper purpose behind this odd method of disposal…[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=6]Each subway car will be left on the ocean floor, to be assimilated into the ecosystem.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=6]Over time, every surface will be covered in life, creating an artificial coral reef system.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=6]Every metal pipe, edge, ridge, and corner provides surface area for coral ecosystem.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=6]Here’s what it looks like after 5 years…[/SIZE]
[SIZE=6]… and here’s what it looks like after 10 years.[/SIZE]
The process of creating artificial reefs has been a great help to restoring areas damaged by human activity. Engineers have even sunk an entire aircraft carrier to turn it into a reef ecosystem. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have damaged the ocean floor in the first place, but steps like this can help to repair the destruction.
At first, Stephen Mallon‘s photos tend to lead viewers to jump to the conclusion that this is a terrible act of pollution, but the truth is something much more beautiful. This tension and discomfort is what makes his work so powerful.

-Viral forest

Caucasians always find a beautiful way of putting things even when they aren’t

Hapa ni kuzipima kilo kama scrap metal.

That cargo ship is so huge, can it fit in our Mombasa port ama ni Lamu after completion.

The metal has no negative effects on sea life?

steel or aluminium or lead?

I think (naively) metals can’t pollute the oceans. Sea water will corrode these metals overtime. And the resultant compounds will be diluted into the water.

not naively, actually something like steel slowly revert to the iron oxide it once was and be scattered all over the ocean.

Teacher…every non-biodegradable material if thrown into even a pond will eventually be home for some form of aquatic life.
All in all it’s a good justification for dumping metallic stuff in the ocean but I wonder which human being goes that deep to the sea to destroy it. If I have missed the point please educate me.

I agree with you. i actually posted the story because of the twist in the tale. the story had me thinking about how tree-hggers sometimes raise a ruckus without thinking the science through…

I was also confused by the article. Asante

The shiny ways of dealing with pollution

look at the bigger pic. recycling.

What of their radioactive waste?

They abandon it on a ship deep sea…