Submerged Cultural Resources Study:
USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor National Historic Landmark
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At a time when more and more flashy, high-tech discoveries and salvage of long-lost undersea wrecks occur, this submerged cultural resource study of the Arizona Memorial is a refreshing change. The combined experience of the National Park Service's Submerged Cultural Resources Unit and the Navy's Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One is remarkable, they are as expert at their business as can be found. What stands out, though, is that these talented divers sought and brought back for us all not artifacts, not souvenirs, not booty - simply knowledge. After the years of meticulous studies, foot-by-foot inspection and recording -- the USS ARIZONA and its sister ships all still rest secure, exactly as they were before this energetic endeavor began. You, too, can rest assured that these historic undersea relics will remain unimpaired. This is a classic study of how under sea explorations ought to be done so as to leave their historic subjects intact. In this publication, you have a thoughtful summary of the knowledge they gleaned.

Bryan Harry
Pacific Area Director
National Park Service

As the nation's principal conservation agency, the Department of the Interior has responsibility for most of our nationally owned public lands and natural and cultural resources. This includes fostering wise use of our land and water resources, protecting our fish and wildlife, preserving the environmental and cultural values of our national parks and historical places, and providing for the enjoyment of life through outdoor recreation. The Department assesses our energy and mineral resources and works to assure that their development is in the best interests of all our people. The Department also promotes the goals of the Take Pride in America campaign by encouraging stewardship and citizen participation in their care. The Department also has a major responsibility for American Indian reservation communities and for people who live in Island Territories under U.S. Administration.

Last Updated: 27-Apr-2001