treasure island

Treasure Island is a piece of man-made land that was built for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939 out of landfill. It was later turned into a military naval base during WWII and then abandoned in the 1990s. Since then the abandoned buildings have been broken into by squatters and scavengers looking for copper piping. As a result, a lot of the buildings have caught fire. Currently developers have plans to turn this environmentally volatile island into an example of environmental stability. Some of these plans include toxic waste clean up, geotechnical stabilization and storm water treatment wetlands just to name a few.  Soon enough, the remaining skeletons of this naval base will be nothing but a distant memory.

Corinne Schulze

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