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These massive structures are for unloading cargo ships. The "necks" move up and down as they pick up and move the freight containers as if they are grazing very slowly. You rarely see them all erect because they are seldom idle, as they are in this picture.

You can see them in the distance from Boca Chica, Santo Domingo's closest and most popular beach. I've often wondered about them as I swim and sit on the beach there. You can see the great cargo ships coming and going all day.

The containers are standardized to fit on a freight train or truck bed. This marvelous invention changed the world in some respects, because before them shipping various items of different sizes and shapes was difficult, haphazard and expensive. You could almost say that in some ways they are the chief dynamic that moves globalization and cultural homogenization forward.

They wouldn't let me near the things. The whole port is heavily guarded, and a guard tried to chase me off, but let me snap one zoom shot. They are a long way off. This is my one shot. It was a hot clear day with the sun high in the sky. The haze in the background is smoke from the burning of the sugar cane fields.

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