How to Explore a Shipwreck From the Comfort of Your Couch

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Who doesn’t love a good old fashion shipwreck? The creepy lore of that specific kind of tragedy tends not to tire. Now, thanks to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, you can explore 5 shipwrecks in more detail. Via Atlas Obscura.

The BOEM (which manages submerged resources on the country’s continental shelves) recently launched its own Virtual Archaeology Museum, an online resource that takes visitors under the waves to explore five sunken vessels—one just off the North Carolina coast, and others in the Gulf of Mexico. The museum contains videos, virtual three-dimensional models, and mosaic maps that allow users to traverse wrecks from the 19th and 20th centuries. The wrecks were originally discovered during gas and oil exploration, and through the use of remotely operated vehicles (they are too deep for divers to visit), BOEM scientists were able to survey the ships in minute detail to create the digital models.

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