I came upon an engrossing photo essay by Scott Haefner detailing his and his team’s stealthy week-long exploration of a corroding fleet of Navy and merchant ships floating quietly in Suisun Bay, 30 miles from San Francisco. The ships in Haefner’s “Mothball Fleet” have collectively served in four wars: WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm and have spent decades waiting to be mobilized in case of a national emergency. It never came. Instead, a much more localized problem is developing in the bay, as the decaying ships leach toxic heavy metals into the waters below.

Scott Haefner