SHIPWRECKS SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE
When a ship sinks, it usually means that lives have also been lost. Thus for the families involved it is a sad and horrific event and will always be remembered for generations. Just as we wouldn’t dig up someone’s grave just because they died 100 years ago or because we know they were buried with their diamond ring, why would be allow this to happen to ship that have sunk?
During the excavation of the most famous shipwreck the Titanic, lost treasures and memories were found. Some were good memories and some bad. The question is then raised, why do people and companies spend thousands on searching for shipwrecks and exploring? Particularly when searching for some of the most famous lost ships. Many agree that explorers are in search of valuable finds, such as gold or ceramics. But some argue that these explores are in search of history and to gain a better understand of the past. Although the latter reason for exploring shipwrecks is an important one why must the treasures found be taken and then belong to someone who is really not their rightful owner?
In 2001 the UNESCO convention on the protection of underwater cultural heritage was adopted but has not yet been ratified due to cost and implementation issues.
On the other hand, as stated above exploring shipwrecks does provide us with information about the past and new artefacts that can enhance our knowledge and in general is interesting to explore. Of course we should regulate who explores shipwrecks and what is done with the artefacts founds and information gathered but we should not stop the exploration of underwater historical sites. If it is acceptable to archaeologists to explore tombs of pharaohs then why they not go underwater and do the same thing? As long as the states that the shipwreck have ties to have an equal say on the workings of the exploration and entitlement to what is found is relative then ship wreak exploration is both fair and necessary. The example of the deal signed by Britain’s department of transport with odyssey marine exploration shows how two parties can work together on exploring a shipwreck. The British government will receive 20% of the 200 tonnes of sliver that is currently on the ship SS Gairoppa.
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SHIPWRECKS SHOULD BE LEFT ALONEYes because... No because...
Cause unwanted contaminates.
Shipwrecks are there for a reason. We should leave it there for historical viewing. Future mariners should learn from these shipwrecks as to what causes them to fall. Other than that, shipwrecks are a good source of geological territory. Some species live upon these shipwreck. We shouldn't dwell in nature's inhabitant.
Shipwrecks on coral reefs may increase invasion of unwanted species, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study. These unwanted species can completely overtake the reef and eliminate all the native coral, dramatically decreasing the diversity of marine organisms on the reef. This study documents for the first time that a rapid change in the dominant biota on a coral reef is unambiguously associated with man-made structures. The findings of the study suggest that removal of these structures sooner rather than later is key to keeping reefs healthy.Debates > SHIPWRECKS SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE