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article imageMagazine unveils first ever complete views of Titanic wreck

By Kev Hedges     Mar 22, 2012 in Environment
Stunning images showing the legendary wreck of RMS Titanic are to be published in April's edition of National Geographic Magazine.
Some of the images show an unrecognisable twisted metal mass but some show clear pictures of the whole ship. Thousands of high resolution pictures were taken of the wreck now spread across an area of over a thousand acres. The Titanic disappeared at just after 2.00 in the morning on April 15, 1912, the so-called “unsinkable” liner plunged beneath the waves, snapping in half and taking with her 1,500 men, women and children to an icy grave. One hundred years later, new technologies have revealed the most intimate images of the famous wreck.
Thousands of tons of corroded steel sit on the bottom of the North Atlantic seabed. The famous rail that surround the bow now covered in eerie thick moss and algae. The wreck was first discovered in 1985 by intrepid explorers Robert Ballard and Jean-Louis Michel. Often the explorers sent down a robot or sat inside a pressure-protected submersible and swept over the ghostly wreck but poor visibility meant it was like looking through a keyhole.
The April issue of the magazine will also feature a poster with complete infographics. It took two hours and 40 minutes for the Titanic to sink, just long enough for several tragic performances to unfold, with the ship’s lights blazing.
One of the images in National Geographic shows the Titanic buckled as it ploughed bow first into the seabed, leaving the forward hull buried deep in mud. The iceberg damage heavily obscured, possibly forever, reports Wired. Another image shows how the Titanic's double-bottom hull ripped off the stern as it sank.
The once-great vessel now rests at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean, snapped in half down the middle and with all the debris surrounding the icy cold depths, it is hoped these latest images can bring a more complete picture than ever before.
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