A watery grave of old sunken ships has been designated the newest national marine sanctuary in the United States. Located in Maryland about 60 kilometers south of Washington, the "ghost fleet" rises like an apparition out of the water when the tide is low. VOA's Deborah Block takes us to this underwater park with ships going back more than one hundred years.
A new floating laboratory onboard a boat on the Potomac River is keeping tabs on the water quality that flows through the nation's capital and surrounding area. A local environmental group, the Potomac Riverkeeper Network, is collecting water samples at several sites to measure the amount of bacteria that cause pollution. As VOA's Deborah Block reports, the data will be used to help clean up polluted areas in the future and is already informing the public when it is safe to swim in the river.
Artificial limbs aren't just for humans. Near Washington, an orthotist who once made prosthetics for people is helping disabled animals around the world. VOA's Deborah Block visited a Virginia workshop where devices are built that improve the lives of pets and, in some cases, wild animals.
Boat cruises on the Potomac River in the Washington, D.C. area are a popular way to see famous monuments and other landmarks. But a special cruise gives dogs a chance to relax on a scenic trip with their owners. VOAs Deborah Block takes us on a cruise for canines.
There is an allure and excitement to the power of an old-fashioned steam train. Coal powered trains plied the rails in the United States for 175 years, starting in the 1830's, and were an integral part of America's westward expansion and industrial revolution. Today, visitors can experience riding on America's oldest operating railroad, which is only seven kilometers long. VOA's Deborah Block tells us more from Ronks, Pennsylvania.
In the United States, dog owners often treat their pets like family. When people go on vacation, they may not take their dogs with them but want them to be well taken care of while they are gone. Doggie boarding facilities are popular alternatives where pets can stay overnight or even longer. Some pet parents even take their dog to a fancy pet resort for top notch services. VOA's Deborah Block shows us a luxury pet resort in Virginia.