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Truk Main

December 5, 2006
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You slip into the water, adjust your face mask, and as you descend, the ghostly outline of a World War II shipwreck begins to emerge from the ocean floor…For divers fascinated by sunken ships, there is no better place than Truk Lagoon.

More than 50 coral-encrusted ships (and several airplanes) from the Japanese Imperial Fleet lie on the shallow bottom here, the aftermath of a battle in August, 1944 – and creating what has been called the world’s largest underwater museum. Although still better known by its long-standing European name of Truk, this vast atoll is now officially known as Chuuk and is part of the Federated States of Micronesia. What hasn’t changed is the atoll itself – some 200 islands scattered across 800 square miles of lagoon, virtually surrounded by barrier reef.

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