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Protecting Titanic

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(Describer) Under a round logo of a wave, title: Ocean Today.

(Describer) Underwater, parts of a sunken ship are covered in greenish dirt, rust and organisms.

(male narrator) More than 2.5 miles below the surface, the wreckage of the Titanic rests on the seafloor, both as a memorial and a living laboratory. One hundred years ago, the world's most advanced passenger steamship struck an iceberg. On April 15, 1912, it sank, losing 1,496 lives.

(Describer) Bars of the railing remain intact.

The legend of the Titanic was larger than her size, and finding the wreck site opened a door to not only exploration and scientific study, but to salvage as well. With ties to multiple nations, steps needed to be taken to preserve and protect the integrity of the wreck site.

(Describer) Brown covers a tank and ripped-open hatch.

For the U.S., NOAA and the State Department negotiated an international agreement with representatives of the U.K., Canada, and France. This agreement recognizes the wreck site as a memorial to those who died and a wreck of great archaeological, historical, and cultural importance. The agreement set rules for research, exploration, and salvage. The memory of the Titanic lives on in movies, books, and museums. But it's the protection of the wreck site that will continue to yield clues about the fateful ship and its passengers.

(Describer) Titles: to learn more, visit www.noaa.gov/Titanic. Accessibility provided by the US Department of Education.

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More than two and a half miles below the ocean's surface, the wreckage of the Titanic rests on the seafloor. The legend of the Titanic was larger than her size, and finding the wreck site opened a door to not only exploration and scientific study, but to salvage as well. The United States negotiated an international agreement with representatives of the United Kingdom, Canada, and France. This agreement recognizes the wreck site as a memorial to those who died and a wreck of great archaeological, historical, and cultural importance.

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