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NORFOLK, VA (AP) — Submerged World War II shipwrecks in North Carolina and Civil War shipwrecks in Virginia are being analyzed in new ways that could allow the public to view their conditions in much more detail than even diving at some of the sites could provide.

Federal researchers are using sonar to create vivid, three-dimensional images of the shipwrecks. Those images will likely end up online, in museums and as part of other programs to promote American maritime heritage.

On Tuesday, researchers headed to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to begin creating images of ships sunk in 1942 during the Battle of Atlantic.

Researchers used the sonar to map the Civil War shipwrecks USS Cumberland and CSS Florida on Monday in Virginia near Newport News.

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