The Titanic Wreckage

The Titanic Wreckage


The Titanic wreckage is disappearing. It is gradually being corroded by a unique type of bacteria that is eating away at its hull.


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In the early hours of April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic slipped more than 12,000 feet beneath the waves, killing 1,517 people. The ship had been on its maiden voyage to New York City but hit an iceberg about 400 miles from Newfoundland.

The wreckage sat undisturbed for more than 70 years until the US Navy discovered it during what was later revealed to be a secret Cold War mission on September 1, 1985. Since then, dozens of manned and unmanned submersibles have visited the Titanic's underwater remains.

In fact, scientists think the entire shipwreck could vanish by 2030 due to bacteria that are eating away at the metal. Titanic will vanish entirely. It will take a long time before the ship completely disappears, but the decomposition of the wreck is to be expected and is a natural process," Patrick Lahey, president, co-founder of Triton Submarines.

Deep-sea currents, salt corrosion, and metal-eating bacteria are whittling away the wreckage, which lies more than 2 miles under the ocean surface.


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