The fate of the Titanic wreck has fascinated the world ever since the colossal vessel sunk beneath the now fabled North Atlantic Ocean in 1912. The exploration of the Titanic wreck roused James Cameron’s 1997 epic into action. But now, almost twenty-years on from Cameron’s Oscar-winning masterpiece, there is another story unfolding beneath the water.
A new study suggests that bacteria know as ‘Halomonas Titanicae’ could completely devour the Titanic wreck by 2050.
The Titanic Wreck
When it set out on its maiden voyage in 1912, no one could have envisioned what the luxurious Titanic would look like now – an eroding wreck at the bottom of the ocean. And soon, the Titanic wreck may not even be that.
Researchers maintain that by 2050 – owing to the bacteria which is slowly wearing away at the wreck – the Titanic may completely vanish. As a whole, this rampant plague of bacteria is devouring an estimated 400 pounds of wrought iron every day, while their unwanted carcasses have added hundreds of tons of extra weight on the weakening wreck.
It’s not just the plumes of threatening bacteria, either. The Titanic Wreck has got notably worse since it’s discovery in 1985, and even more so since James Cameron’s nautical blockbuster. Mollusks, crustaceans and barnacles have eaten most of the natural and man-made textures, whilst human exploration has also taken its toll on the Titanic wreck.
A number of explorers and their robotic vessels have come into contact with the precarious wreck and, with age-old souvenirs often fetching millions at auction, explorers will continue to crash into it.
So, what next?
“These shipwrecks are important historical monuments,” says marine archaeologist Melanie Damour. Subsequently, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has begun to stop scavengers from exploring the Titanic wreck, while researchers are also attempting to impede the eroding process.
Nevertheless, the promenade deck has deteriorated rapidly in recent years because of damage caused by submarines landing on the boat, while the bow which once spelled out ‘Titanic’ has split quite severely. Even James Cameron is responsible for some of the more considerable damage during his attempt to collect footage of the Titanic wreck for his 1997 movie.
It’s discovery in 1985 by oceanographer Robert Ballard sparked a debate over the ownership of the Titanic wreck with Britain, France and America all laying claim to the wreckage.
The discovery of the Titanic wreck stemmed from a covert United States Navy exploration of two wrecked submarines from the Cold War. When the oceanographer had completed his mission, he was able to go and search for the Titanic.
That said, whoever owns the wreckage, be it the British, French or Americans, may not own it for very long, especially if it continues to vanish.
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