Monday, January 19, 2009

Vehicle cemeteries

Vehicle cemeteries.
The Davis Monthan Air force base has by far the biggest airforce "parking lot" in the world. The precision in the way they are parked is impressive. It is difficult to comprehend the size of the "Bone yard" and the number of aircraft stored there. Of course the important thing to remember is that they are all capable of being returned to flying condition if the need ever arises.

The Bay of Nouadhibou, seven miles south from the Mauritanian city, hides one of the biggest ship cemeteries in the world. There are more than 300 wrecks around the harbour, resting for years and coming from all nations. Other ship cemeteries can be ound in the so called ship wrecking yards of Asia. Here ships from all over the world are taken a part. The enormous shipwrecking yards just north of Chittagong look like 'the frontyard to hell'. This is where all those old ships end their days, and they're taken a part by hand force. A dangerous place to work, but there're so many people in Bangladesh that need to earn some money to get by:

Another big ship wrecking yard is found in Alang, India. Alang is a census town in Bhavnagar district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is the leading centre of the worldwide ship breaking and recycling industry.The shipyards at Alang recycle approximately half of all ships salvaged around the world. The yards are located on the Gulf of Khambat, 50 kilometres southeast of Bhavnagar:

Another ship wrecking centre is The gadani ship breaking yard in Pakistan. The yard is located in Gadani, Pakistan about 50 kilometres northwest of Karachi. In the 1980's the Gadani yard was described as the largest ship-breaking yard in the world, with more than 30,000 direct employees. However, competition from newer facilities in India and Bangladesh resulted in a disastrous reduction in output, with the Gadani yard producing less than one fifth of the scrap it produced twenty years ago. A reduction in taxes on scrap metal led to a modest resurgence at the Yard, which now employs around 6,000 workers:

Another huge dump of vehicles is found in a consolidated diamond mine near Oranjemund in namibia. The Consolidated Diamond Mine, owned by De Beers which is situated on the skeleton coast. Nambia's Skeleton Coast is one of the most inhospitable and desolate environments on planet earth. There are hundreds of miles of dry, deserted coastline littered with shipwrecks that ran aground from treacherous crosscurrents and a pervasive nightly fog, which is the only life-giving moisture that the unique Namib desert ecosystem receives.

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