The wreckage of the Titanic would soon disappear from the ocean floor of the Atlantic, scientists and oceanographers say.
Recently, a team of experts went down to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to check the wreckage of the ship. This expedition is the first manned mission down towards the ship after more than a decade. What they saw is something that horrified them.
The team found out that the deterioration of the wreckage is now at an advanced stage. Estimates show that the entire wreckage would be gone in a few decades, at best. Citing various reasons, it has been observed that the following are the major factors:
- Saltwater Corrosion
- Thrusting of Ocean Currents; and
- Presence of metal-eating bacteria that slowly destroys the ship
While these occurrences tend to be natural, it’s a saddening thought that this once mighty ship deemed “unsinkable” will soon be gone.
The Atlantic Current is one of the major current streams circumnavigating the world’s oceans. And the wreckage of the Titanic is right smack in the middle of the current.
The fateful voyage of the Titanic ended on April 14, 1912, when it hit an iceberg on its starboard side. More than 1,500 people perished that night due to the lack of lifeboats, and the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The event was widely reported across the globe and raised a number of concerns on sea travel.
In 1997, Director James Cameron released the film “Titanic” to widespread critical acclaim. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, it became the highest-grossing film in 1997. It remained on top until it was dethroned by Avatar in 2009. It then sparked a renewed interest in the stories surrounding the ship.