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The Titanic Wrecksite

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(female narrator) The Royal Mail Ship Titanic was thought to be unsinkable, but on April 14, 1912, during her maiden voyage, Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic.

(Describer) A man leans on a ship's rail.

Marine explorer, Dr. Robert Ballard, first located the wreckage in 1985. Nearly 20 years later, he returned with a team of researchers to map the wreckage and scientifically analyze its deterioration. Remotely-operated vehicles reveal subtle features never seen before. Here we see Captain Smith's cabin.

(Describer) Mud fills a bathtub.

The ship wreckage is now covered by what look like rusty icicles, called "rusticles." These formations are actually communities of bacteria that slowly eat away at the ship's iron and give the shipwreck its melting appearance. Titanic lives on at the bottom of the ocean as a maritime memorial and a scientific laboratory.

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The Titanic was thought to be unsinkable. But on April 14, 1912, during her maiden voyage, the ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. On that fateful day, the world lost the largest and most advanced passenger steamship of her time. The story of Titanic's sinking and her ill-fated passengers have been famously told in films and books. Today,Titanic lives on at the bottom of the ocean as a maritime memorial and as a scientific laboratory.

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