Vehicular graveyards of the world

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Nuclear subs
Yesterday, we showed you where submarines go to play (underwater ... with rich people), and today we'll show you where they go to die. These nuclear-propelled submarine reactor compartments float rusting in the Russian bay of Chazma, just a handful among the many out-of-service subs in Russia's fleet, one of the world's largest. (North Korea has more -- about 700 according to the U.S. State Department.)

Locomotives in Bolivia
These trains outside of the town of Uyuni in Bolivia have long stopped locomoting, and now sit in eerie silence in the midst of one of the world's largest salt flats, Salar de Uyuni. The trains come from all over the world, as do the tourists who come to see them.
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Not cleared for takeoff
Sometimes known as the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, but usually just called "The Boneyard," this Tuscon, Arizona facility is the sole repository for out-of-service government aircraft. Planes that come here -- more than 4,000 at this point -- are either there for long-term storage, or are destined to be picked apart and either recycled or sold for scrap. Needless to say, it's a slow process. If you want to get a closer look (and you don't work at the Boneyard), check out the Pima Air and Space Museum nearby.
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Davey Jones' Boat Ramp
There are plenty of nautical boneyards in the world, but many of the most notorious are in neglected corners of the world. This one in the Bay of Nouadhibou, Mauritania, boasts over 300 rotting ships, left there by seafaring litterbugs who knew local authorities would turn a blind eye in return for a little kickback.
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Then there are the now-famous (thanks to a heart-rending 60 Minutes piece) ship-breakers of Bangladesh, who deconstruct supertankers and cruise ships from all over the world -- without shoes or gloves in many cases -- for pennies a day. It's a brutal industry that supplies more than 80% of Bangladesh's steel, and plenty of crazy pictures like this one:
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More on the ship breakers in a blog by our own Mangesh.

Via Deputy Dog.

September 27, 2007 - 5:40am
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