For years, authorities in different countries drowned in an ocean of large parts of obsolete or damaged mechanisms, turning them into artificial reefs. Subway cars, ships, tanks and other similar modes of transportation safely sleep on the bottom of the sea, attracting a variety of species of marine life and love to watch them divers. But artists do not sleep - constantly invent underwater sculptures and other masterpieces. Collected here are photos of large and small reefs created by human hands.
Divers over the former floating telemetry station "General Hoyt S. Vandenberg in national marine reserve off the coast of Florida Keys Key West. Algae and sponges, have chosen the surface of the 159-meter vessel, and more than 113 different species of fish can now call home. This artificial reef was created May 27, 2009.
Decommissioned aircraft carrier «Oriskany» dragged for 38 miles from the coast of Pensacola, Fla., May 17, 2006 to create an artificial reef.
The same aircraft carrier «Oriskany» during flooding May 17, 2006. The fact that the 270-meter vessel has gone completely under water, it took 37 minutes.
Flooded radar aircraft carrier «Oriskany» off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. U.S. Navy aircraft carrier sank in May 2006 to create an artificial reef.
Underwater sculpture - part of the installation "Silent Evolution" by British artist Jason de Kayresa Taylor between Cancun and Isla Mujeres December 11, 2010. Taylor used a live cast "of materials that attract corals.
Part of the underwater installation "Silent Evolution de Kayresa Jason Taylor. Installation has become the new home for various sea creatures in a national marine reserve in Cancun. It should smooth out the negative effect that each year leave behind the crowds of tourists.
Tugs pull Deactivated American ship "General Hoyt S. Vandenberg in Key West a distance of about 11 km south of the island May 26, 2009. 159-meter ship, which was once monitored the launches of ships into space from Cape Canaveral, as well as Soviet missiles during the Cold War, have been dumped off the coast of Key West to become an artificial reef.
Ship "General Hoyt S. Vanderberg is slowly disappearing under the water off the coast of Key West.
On this frame from the video all the same ship "General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, " goes under water. At its flooding has left 1 minute 54 seconds.
Bubbles and smoke - this is all that remains of the ship General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, "after the flooding of May 27, 2009. Now the ship is at the bottom of the National Marine Park Key West, at a depth of 42 meters.
Divers explore the add-submerged ship General Hoyt S. Vandenberg.
Boat explosion "Grand Rock" before sinking it into the Gulf of Guabina in the waters of the state of Aragua, 177 kilometers west of Caracas, Venezuela.
25 retired Thai army tanks on the ship at the port of Bangkok, July 30, 2010. Tanks have gone to the bottom of the Gulf of Thailand as a material for the formation of artificial reefs.
The process of flooding in China, made the T-69 in the Gulf, near the southern province of Narathiwat on Aug. 9, 2010. 25 consist of the operation of tanks Thai army formed artificial reefs to improve the marine ecosystem and increase the number of fish.
Work clean steam cabin decommissioned train carriage "Red Bird" in New York August 16, 2001. Disused cars thoroughly cleaned and then loaded onto barges to transport to the State of Delaware, where they were dumped into the ocean 24 km south of Cape May, New Jersey.
Two carriages of the New York subway disappear in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean from a barge about 30 km east of Cape Henlopen, Delaware, August 21, 2001. The Ministry of the marine species were flooded to a depth of 27 cars more than 20 meters in order to create artificial reefs.
Frigate «HMNZS Wellington» New Zealand Royal Navy sinks off the southern coast of Wellington in 2005.
Ship «Texas Clipper» go under the water near the island of South Padre in Texas on Nov. 17, 2007, to become an artificial reef.
Ship «Spiegel Grove» starts to roll after the flooding of 10 June 2002 in the waters of national marine reserve off the coast of Key Largo. The ship went to the bottom "belly up" even on May 17, and rescuers and workers three weeks getting ready to turn it over.
Fish around the sculpture of a lion in the park Neptune April 29, 2008, 5 km from the shore Key Biscayne, Florida. The creators of this artificial reef hope it will become a monument. Instead, the funeral people can place order here (naturally, for the money) to the death of their remains were stored in one of the sculptures.
Armoured personnel carriers descend into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 19, 2006 in Little River shore, near a tMirtl Beach, South Carolina. Left "retired" armored flooded at the memorial of James Caudle Reef to attract fish and for development in the area of sport fishing.
Flooded by the Jordanian Government in the tank waters of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea has become an artificial reef for hundreds of species of fish, as well as a favorite spot of divers.
Former military frigate Scylla "in the process of flooding in the waters of the Gulf Uitsends.
A barge with 40 old cars of the New York subway near Ocean City, Maryland.
Old car subway train goes under the water off the coast of Delaware.
A pillar of spray from a collapsed submerged subway car off Chinkoteag, Va., June 26, 2008. 1944 Car of stainless steel were flooded in the Blackfish Bank Reef as part of marine resources.
Figure - part of an underwater installation "Silent Evolution" by British artist Jason Taylor Kayresa food on the seabed between Cancun and Isla Mujeres.